How to boost Africa and South East Asia cooperation

Considered one of humanity’s great early achievements is the crossing of early man from Asia to Australia. Archeological, genetic and paleontological evidence contends that modern humans spread into South-East Asia from Africa about 60,000 years ago- owing to the cooling of the Earth’s climate in the Ice Age. Their heritage today is left behind with […]

Why we need a Structured Parliamentary Diplomacy for Africa

Foreign Policy is Public Policy. Foreign policy has hitherto been a prerogative of the Executive arm of government despite the globalized nature and complex interactions in the 21st century that demand creative solutions in maintaining peace and stability. The Executive through Parliamentary bodies and committees allows the policies to be scrutinized in an effort to create harmony within government agencies. Constitutions in democratic states now demand that the State cannot engage in Wars without the approval of Parliamentary bodies. This remains the foremost engagement on International Relations for most parliaments to date.

Why Kenya’s Démarche on Somalia Maritime Dispute was Merited

While noting that the Kenya/Somalia dispute and its decision thereof rests with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the diplomatic decisions to the solution rests in the leaderships of both Kenya and Somalia. Noteworthy is that the legal processes are actions of the last resort if any other pacific means of settlements of dispute by […]

This is how we can brace ourselves for Globalization 4.0

Globalisation has shaped humanity since time immemorial and in different forms. It is a phenomenon driven by technology and the movement of ideas, people, and goods. Early recollection for instance can be traced to the trade connections that existed between Africa and Asia, or between Europe and Asia or Africa, this portrays some form of […]

How Kenya and African Countries can Avoid Chinese Debt Diplomacy

That Kenya has fallen into China’s debt diplomacy is unfortunate. The idea that such profound contracts and investments would be made without a robust public engagement or participation brings into question the role of Parliament in oversight of government. In light of this, the revelations of the gaps in the China-Kenya Standard Gauge Railway contract […]

Don’t sit on your idea, let it bloom (Interview)

Joel Okwemba’s life-changing opportunity came along when he enrolled at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at the University of Nairobi. “I studied a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, majoring in security studies. The course molded me to become a liberal thinker, one who is able to view issues from a global perspective,” he […]

Why African nations need keener focus on foreign policy issues

Kenya and almost all African states were created following a foreign policy decision of 13 European countries and the United States, led by the French, British and Germans. They were marking their spheres of influence during the Berlin Conference of 1884 (also referred to as the Congo Conference/West Africa Conference). Read more: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/blogs/620-4249946-11hh64vz/index.html

Rethinking Kenya’s diplomacy ahead of UN seat bid

The pride of a people is held high among nations and is judged by the level of diplomacy held by the state. In the recent past, there have been efforts by Kenya to secure important positions and promote certain agenda at the multilateral level — the African Union and the United Nations. Most notable remain […]

Industrial Revolution: The African Civilization Question

While our ancestors have been around for about six million years, the modern form of humans only evolved about 200,000 years ago. The Civilized man is only about 6,000 years old- creating various civilizations to fit their way of life and surroundings. Industrialization, however, started in the earnest only in the 1800s, led by the […]