Somalia workshop podcast: 'Kenya's Somalia invasion: local indications, regional implications'

Posted on Tuesday 4th September 2012

This podcast was part of the workshop on Somalia: Negotiating the balance between 'African Solutions' and international responses. recently hosted (11th July 2012) by the School of Government and the Institute of Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS).

'Kenya’s Somalia invasion: local indications, regional implications'
Professor David Anderson, Oxford University

This presentation explored the reasons for Kenya’s decision to intervene militarily in Somalia in January 2012 and subsequently to join AMISOM. The presentation highlighted the impacts of conflict in Somalia on Kenya, particularly growing refugee flows into Dadaab, fears for continued depression of international tourism to Kenya following kidnappings blamed on Somali groups, and the domestic context of a popular anti-Somali sentiment within Kenyan society.

David’s presentation outlined Kenya’s particular interests in Kismayo and the competition between Ethiopia and Kenya for influence in this strategic port beyond the current conflict. The presentation also reflects on the broader implications of Kenya’s intervention for African inter-state relations, following a trend of other ‘competitive authoritarian’ states who have intervened across borders (e.g. Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia).

Download: 'Kenya’s Somalia invasion: local indications, regional implications' (21MB, 23 minutes)

More information about Somalia: Negotiating the balance between 'African Solutions' and international responses including an overall summary and workshop podcasts.