Erdogan has been assertive in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf states are taking notice.
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While the dispute will likely not result in military conflict, escalating tensions between Kenya and Somalia may have substantial national security implications.
This morning, the Kenyan Supreme Court announced it cancelled last month’s presidential election and ordered a new election within 60 days. Chief Justice David Maraga affirmed that the August 8th election, which declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes, was not “conducted in accordance with the constitution.” Justice Maraga stated the election commission had committed irregularities “in the transmission of results,” although more details on this conclusion have not yet been provided.
Kenya's Constitution requires a greater degree of involvement by the National Assembly in approving the internal deployment of military forces than has been recognized.
Barak Mendelsohn comes on the show to discuss his new book, The al-Qaeda Franchise: The Expansion of al-Qaeda and Its Consequences. Some of the topics covered include:
Renanah Miles and Brian Blankenship of Columbia University describe how China and other countries are joining in the quest for bases around the world, resulting in competition that is creating a dysfunctional market for access.
Harun Maruf comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Somalia. Some of the topics covered include:What al-Shabab has been up to since the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya Background on al-Shabab’s leader Ahmad Umar and how he compares with its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane The state of foreign fighters in Somalia The status of The Islamic State’s efforts in Somalia
Will McCants comes on the show to talk about jihadi governance. The conversation is based on a chapter in his new book The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State. Aaron and Will discussed numerous cases of jihadi groups attempts to govern, including the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Shabab, AQAP, AQIM, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Islamic State.
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