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Refugee Camp in Dadaab, courtesy of Riyaad Minty/flickr
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Ethnic Somalis Under Pressure in Kenyan Capital

23 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Kenya claims that its crackdown on its Somali community is in response to a series of explosions that have rocked Nairobi. IRIN reports, however, that local community leaders have a different explanation for what’s happening. They see it as yet another heavy-handed measure that unfairly targets ethnic Somalis. More on «Ethnic Somalis Under Pressure in Kenyan Capital»


Great Mosque of Medan in Indonesia, courtesy of Mimihitam/wikimedia commons
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Jihadists in Syria: Indonesian Extremists Giving Support?

22 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Is the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) attracting growing support in Indonesia? Not necessarily, says Navhat Nuraniyah. As he sees it, the country’s extremist groups are merely expressing ‘passive support’ for the Middle East-based Jihadists. More on «Jihadists in Syria: Indonesian Extremists Giving Support?»


Afghan National Army graduation, courtesy of isafmedia/Flickr

The Cost of the Security Sector: How the Money Question can Lead to Questions about Purpose

21 Apr 2014 Security Watch

When it comes to Security Sector Reform (SSR), effectiveness and expediency have often trumped affordability. But that’s beginning to change. Today, Bernard Harborne looks at war-torn African states to show how financial considerations are now shaping SSR programs in unprecedented ways. More on «The Cost of the Security Sector: How the Money Question can Lead to Questions about Purpose»