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31 Jan 2012 description

What does the ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) mean for Kenya’s presidential election later this year, now that cases against two top aspirants—First Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Kalenjin leader William Ruto—are to proceed to trial in The Hague? Civil society has already started planning to initiate legal cases, preventing Kenyatta and Ruto from being candidates for the presidency under Chapter Six of the new Constitution. This bars individuals from holding political office while charges are pending against them.

31 Jan 2012 description

By Johanna Nesseth Tuttle

Global Hunger and Food Price Volatility in 2012

Early in 2011, food price riots helped trigger one of the most unexpected and significant events of the past decade: the Arab Spring, which saw the downfall of governments in the Middle East, the death of a long-time dictator in Libya, and ongoing strife in Syria and Yemen.

As we begin 2012, do we face another round of riots and instability? What is the status of global hunger and food security? And what countries will be most vulnerable to food-related instability?

19 Dec 2011 description

By William J. Garvelink, Farha Tahir
Dec 16, 2011

04 Nov 2011 description

By Richard Downie Nov 3, 2011

30 Jun 2011 description

By Joel D. Barkan
Contributor: Jennifer G. Cooke, Richard Downie
Jun 30, 2011

30 Jun 2011 description

By Richard Downie, Jennifer G. Cooke
Jun 30, 2011

08 Mar 2011 description

Key Findings

In December 2010, the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) organized a trip to Kenya to examine progress in implementing the U.S. government's Global Health Initiative (GHI). This trip followed an earlier mission to Kenya in August 2009 that had helped inform the recommendations of the CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy.

23 Feb 2011 description


The Obama administration's Global Health Initiative (GHI), announced in May 2009 as a six-year, $63-billion program, has put a strong emphasis on integration of health services, building largely on the work of PEPFAR (the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). As implementation of GHI is moving ahead and country strategies are being developed, this is an important moment to bring forward lessons learned from the experience of integration in the U.S. government's health and development programs. A key example involves U.S.

07 Dec 2010 description

By Brian Kennedy and Lauren Bieniek

DEC 7, 2010

On August 4, 2010, Kenyans voted in a national referendum in favor of a new constitution, concluding a push for constitutional change that began more than 20 years ago. With more than 67 percent popular support, the passage of a new constitution symbolizes promise and hope in a country where political tensions have remained high since the violent aftermath of the December 2007 elections. Moving Forward with Constitutional Reform in Kenya presents the findings of a September 2010 conference that brought together senior U.S.

15 Jan 2010 description

Members of the CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy, led by commission cochairs Helene Gayle (president and CEO of CARE) and Admiral William Fallon (USN ret.), traveled to Kenya for a three-day mission, in partnership with CARE, from August 8-12, 2009. The delegation focused on a core set of questions, ultimately intended to inform commission recommendations to U.S. policymakers in forging a long-term, strategic, and sustainable approach to global health investments in the developing world. This report summarizes the delegation's findings.

15 Jan 2010 description

By Jennifer G. Cooke, Richard Downie

Jan 15, 2010

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) cohosted a conference on October 29, 2009, to examine the role of diplomacy in U.S. relations with Africa. Discussions were grounded in the belief that as U.S. interests and engagement in Africa expand, U.S. diplomatic capacities must expand accordingly. The need to effectively manage multiple strands of U.S. investments in security, development, and conflict mitigation and management has become more complex and more important.

20 Apr 2009 description


Nowhere are global public health challenges more acute than in sub-Saharan Africa. With just 13 percent of the world's population, this region carries 24 percent of the global burden of disease. The continent's immense disease burden and frail health systems are embedded in a broader context of poverty, underdevelopment, conflict, and weak or ill-managed government institutions. These complex, interrelated challenges will ultimately demand sustained, patient, and integrated responses.

08 Jan 2008 description

By Joel D. Barkan, Senior Associate (Non-resident), Africa Program

The historical origins of the violence that has engulfed Kenya since the discredited election of December 27 run deep, and it will take more than a recount of the vote and/or the formation of a government of national unity to resolve the crisis. Although nearly 9 million Kenyans went to the polls in what was to be the crowning event of the country's two-decade struggle for democratic rule, the ingredients for post-election violence were clear.