State of the Nation: Kenya after the ‘fragile’ 2013 polls

Voters queue during the polls.

What you need to know:

  • In a paper co-authored with Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis, I try and explain why the polls were peaceful

Kenya stands at a crossroads. On the one hand, the willingness of political leaders to manipulate ethnic identities for their own ends has increased inter-communal tensions and the prospects for civil conflict. On the other, the political system has been gradually liberalised over a number of elections, leading to a new Constitution.


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