The changing nature of local peacebuilding in Kenya’s north-eastern borderlands
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Insight 4


Aden Abdi and Jeremy Lind examine the north-eastern Kenyan borderlands with Somalia, tracing the evolution of conflict and peacebuilding from the  post-independence period through the early 2000s to today.  Through a historical analysis of relations between the margins  and the centre, the article explores how conflicts in this region  have shifted from localised tensions and competition for political power and territorial control, influenced by  transnational flows of people and goods. It further looks at  how peacebuilding approaches in the region have adapted to  overcome new challenges to governance and security with  the changing political economy, and the establishment of  new county governments.