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Nimo-Ilhan Ali and Rashid Abdi discuss 'tahriib'
Nimo-llhan Ali and Rashid Abdi discuss migration, the meaning of tahriib, and the challenges faced by returning youth in Somaliland and diaspora. The discussion took place on the... MORE >
Michael Woldemariam and Terrence Lyons discuss the future of Eritrea
Michael Woldemariam and Terrence Lyons discuss the history and future of Eritrea on the 2014 Horn of Africa Course. MORE >
The fate of Ngungdeng’s dang
Ngundeng Bong, the most famous of the Nuer prophets, lived between c.1830 and 1906. His father, Bong Can, was a kuar muon ('earth-master' or 'leopard-skin chief'), originally from... MORE >
Challenges for national dialogue in Sudan
In National Dialogue in Sudan, a paper for the Sudan Democracy First Group, RVI Fellow Atta el-Battahani examines the successes and failures of  national dialogue in Sudan and... MORE >
Today, the Redsea Cultural Foundation supported by the Rift Valley Institute, with the assistance of the European Union, launched the "Hargeysa Cultural... MORE >
Federalism 'not the same as Kokora’, says scholar
A leading scholar of South Sudanese affairs said Saturday that federalism is not the same as Kokora. Giving a lecture on federalism during a debate at Juba University,... MORE >
Can General Linder’s Special Operations Forces Stop the Next Terrorist Threat?
The U.S. military can sometimes seem unaware of how inaccessible their African counterparts are to their own civilians. African militaries often serve corrupt dictators and routinely commit... MORE >
The field course season in Eastern and Central Africa
More than forty specialists on Eastern and Central African history, politics, economics and culture taught on the RVI’s annual field courses this year. Journalists and activists joined... MORE >
Reflections on a life of research in the Horn of Africa
Berouk Mesfin, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), interviews Christopher Clapham, Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge, and Lee Cassanelli,... MORE >
East Africa’s latest top ten think tanks
In the 2014 global go-to think tank ratings by the University of Pennsylvania the Rift Valley Institute has been ranked as the ninth most noteworthy think... MORE >
Debate Continues Over Uganda Army Role in South Sudan Conflict
Speakers at a Nairobi forum sponsored by the Rift Valley Institute expressed concern for the future of South Sudan following a ceasefire agreement... MORE >
Abuses lead to calls for accountability in South Sudan
The UN warned this month that acts committed by both sides in the South Sudan crisis could amount to crimes against humanity, and urged parties engaged in peace talks to establish... MORE >

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