Kelsey Lilley

  • Lilley Quoted by OZY on What Trump's Presidency Will Mean for Africa

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  • Lilley in the Journal of the Middle East and Africa: Book Review- Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia

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  • Lilley in Newsweek: Donald Trump's Africa Policy: Three Priorities

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  • Lilley in War on the Rocks: Is the Coalition Fighting Al-Shabaab Falling Apart?

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  • Three Questions About the African Union Mission in South Sudan

    The African Union (AU) announced on July 19 that it will deploy a peacekeeping force to South Sudan, which recently descended into a new round of bloodletting, shortly after celebrating its fifth independence anniversary. 

    Violence began two weeks ago, as government and opposition forces clashed in the country’s capital, Juba. At least two hundred people, including two Chinese United Nations (UN) peacekeepers, were killed. A tenuous ceasefire is now in effect.

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  • Nigeria’s Optimists

    The International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Nigeria Country Director Sentell Barnes likes to describe Nigeria as a house.

    “When you see it from the outside, maybe it looks like it’s falling in. But when you see it from the inside, there are things in place where the country is preventing itself…from going off the edge,” said Barnes.

    Barnes joined John Tomaszewski, Africa regional director for IRI and Robert Carpenter, an international polling consultant, at the Atlantic Council on July 14 for an event co-hosted by the Council’s Africa Center and IRI. Bronwyn Bruton, deputy director of the Africa Center, moderated the discussion.

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  • No ‘Silver Bullet’ for Kenya’s Security

    On May 6, the Kenyan government announced that it would cease hosting the estimated 600,000 refugees that currently call Kenya home. Days later, the government scaled back its initial threat, focusing instead on northeastern Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp, the world’s largest and home to 350,000 Somali refugees and their progeny. Despite providing little evidence, the Kenyan government maintains that Dadaab's existence threatens Kenya’s national security. The United Nations, United States, and international aid organizations have strenuously objected to the announcement, and warn that it may be illegal. But properly closing Dadaab may prove far more complicated and costly than the Kenyan government expects.

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  • Obama’s ‘Commercial Diplomacy’ in Africa

    Barack Obama’s historic election as President of the United States in 2008 was the first time an American of African descent had ever held the United States’ highest position. Because of the President’s Kenyan roots, many Africans were particularly excited for what they hoped would be the start of a new era in relations between the United States and Africa.

    Despite a promising speech in Ghana in 2009, President Obama’s limited engagement with the continent during his first term in office left many disappointed. But, as Obama nears the end of his second term, he leaves behind a number of important legacies in the realm of US-Africa policy. Among his accomplishments, Obama’s administration launched the ambitious Power Africa plan to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, renewed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and held the first-ever US-Africa Leaders Summit. While not a comprehensive list, these achievements have one commonality: they use “commercial...

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  • Zimbabwe in ‘Grave Danger’ of Political Violence

    Former opposition Member of Parliament cites ‘serious political vacuum’ in the country

    Zimbabwe is in “grave danger” of political violence and its fractured opposition is “poisoned” because of an undemocratic culture, according to David Coltart, a founding member of the country’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

    “There is a very serious political vacuum in the country,” said Coltart, a former Education Minister, Senator, and Member of Parliament in Zimbabwe. He spoke at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center on Capitol Hill on April 26.

    Zimbabwe has been led by President Robert Mugabe since 1987.

    “Although he is amazingly energetic for ninety-two, he is immensely out of touch,” Coltart said of Mugabe, noting the threat of political infighting in the President’s ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party and recent fissures in the...

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  • Lilley Quoted by The Atlantic on Interethnic Conflict in South Sudan

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