The Experience Of Terrorism In Kenya Territory: What Are The Weaknesses And Strengths?
Authors: Ibrahim Abdi Omar, Atanga Desmond Funwie, Gitiha Pauline Wanjiru. Paper Title: The Experience Of Terrorism In Kenya
Territory: What Are The Weaknesses And Strengths?
IQ Research Journal of IQ res. j. (2023)2(4): pp 01-07. Vol. 002, Issue 04 04-2023, pp. 0447-0455
The August 8, 1998, attack on the US embassy in Nairobi opened a new chapter
in Kenya’s national security concerns. Henceforth, the country has endured the
burden of terror attacks from domestic, regional, and international groups than
any other country in the region. This paper seeks to examine why Kenya has been
a target of attacks and why some of these attacks have succeeded. It adopts the
SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) framework to
identify internal strengths and weaknesses as well as external opportunities and
threats. The authors argue that, among other things, Kenya’s perceived association with Western powers, instability in Somalia, domestic group grievances, and corruption within its security apparatus make the country vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Similarly, the study identifies improving counterterrorism strategies, support from international actors, domestic socio-economic and political reforms as well as growing stability in the region as some of the strengths and opportunities available for Kenya in its war on terror.