Jeffrey Gettlemen discusses recent Kenyan violence in Tana River region as being indicative of things to come. The reason? The recently approved Kenyan constitution makes the county governor position much more powerful, and the main receiver of state funds. Hence, competition in local elections is heating up. Indeed, most of the additional violence in the past months can be attributed to contests within parties over which candidate to select for the election.

 

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Gettlemen on Kenya for NYT
Clionadh Raleigh
Clionadh Raleigh
Executive Director
Prof. Clionadh Raleigh is the Executive Director of ACLED. She is also Senior Professor of Political Geography in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and an external senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Prof. Raleigh holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado. Her primary research interests are the dynamics of conflict and violence, focusing in particular on the role of formal and informal political structures. Additional interests include Africa, political geography, social/political consequences of climate change, and GIS/spatial econometrics.
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