The spillover effect of South Sudan in Gambella

The simmering political tension in the newly independent South Sudan exploded in December 2013 when forces loyal to the government led by President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Dr Riek Machar clashed and the conflict then spiralled into a civil war engulfing the whole country.
The on-going civil war in South Sudan has a regional dimension; not only because of neighbouring countries intervening and taking sides with one or the other faction but also with its spill-over effect in the neighbouring countries.
This article examines how the South Sudanese civil war has impacted on the social and political landscape of Gambella, Ethiopia’s western region with strong social, economic and political ties with South Sudan.

Reasons for radicalisation

Al-Shabab in Kenya and the coastal secessionist movement Mombasa Republican Council are often seen as two faces of the same phenomenon of Islamic radicalism in the country. Anneli Botha of the Institute of Security Studies, Pretoria, dispels this impression in her rigorous doctoral research on radicalism in east Africa and argues that while these movements may tap into the same catchment area and exploit similar frustrations and grievances among the Muslim communities, the nature and characteristics of the two groups are quite distinct.

Wither AU’s counterterrorism policy?

On 2 September, as the African Union’s Peace and Security Commission had gathered the continent’s heads of state in Nairobi for a summit on terrorism, a US government drone over the Somali port city of Barawe struck a convoy of senior al-Shabab leaders. Among those killed was Ahmed Ali Godane, al-Shabab’s central leader.


In its October 2014 report to the Security Council the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea concludes:

Eritrean support for regional armed groups continues to be linked primarily to the larger context of Ethiopian-Eritrean rivalry in the Horn of

In October the UN Security Council’s Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group—essentially to monitor violations of the arms embargo and other threats to peace and security—released its latest report which, among other reporting, levels serious charges of financial misappropriation against some …

In September Human Right Watch released a detailed report documenting the sexual exploitation and abuse of Somali women and girls on two AMISOM bases in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, since 2013.

The report titled “The Power these Men Have Over Us …

“Livelihoods, access to services and perceptions of governance: An analysis of Pibor county, South Sudan from the perspective of displaced people” Working paper 23, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, Feinstein International Center, September 2014.

This research paper addresses three questions:

How …

“Going West: contemporary mixed migration trends from the Horn of Africa to Libya & Europe”, is a report from the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, Nairobi, published in June 2014.

Desperate youth and despondent families willing to put life at risk …