CIPI Director offers analysis of the implications of the tragic mall siege in Kenya-Center for International Policy & Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

CIPI Director offers analysis of the implications of the tragic mall siege in Kenya

Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Center for International Policy & Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, has been called upon to provide context and policy implication for the recent tragedy in Kenya in which more than 60 people were killed in a terrorist attack in the capitol city.

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, armed militants stormed the upscale Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing dozens of civilians and holding patrons hostage for several days. Somali-based Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. Although Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has declared the siege to be over, the implications of this attack will be analyzed and studied for some time to come.

The CIPI Director, who is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, has been a sought after analyst and discussant by media outlets seeking to provide in-depth coverage and context for the hostage crisis as it unfolded.  She was called on to describe the alleged perpetrators, Al-Shabaab, and to discuss international community response to terrorism in East Africa.

Frazer is a recognized Africa policy expert who served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 2005-2009, and she served as Senior Director for African Affairs and Special Assistant to the President at the National Security Council from 2001-2004. She is widely credited for designing the administration’s policies for ending the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Burundi, and for helping resolve Kenya’s 2007 post-election crisis.

Earlier in the year, Dr. Frazer was in demand for her analysis of the March 2013 presidential elections in Kenya and the impact of the pending International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against then candidates Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. Frazer’s doctoral dissertation examined Kenya's civilian-military relationship, which she researched in part while serving as a research associate and lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies.

Select Media Clips

The Charlie Rose Show (September 23, 2013)

Frazer joins Charlie Rose in this look at Al-Shabaab, with Eli Lake, the senior national security reporter for Newsweek, and Jeremy Scahill, author of Dirty Wars and Blackwater. Frazer begins the interview with a clear and informative response to the question: Who is Al-Shabaab? View the video

The Takeaway (September 24, 2013)

Violence in Nairobi: Who is Al-Shabaab? What does its leadership want? Listen to the interview audio (7 mins)

Council on Foreign Relations (September 24, 2013)

Al-Shabaab Terrorism in Kenya: Three Things to Know. View the video

The Daily Nation (September 30, 2013)

Dr. Jendayi Frazer, director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation and distinguished service professor at Carnegie Mellon University, wrote an editorial that was published in the Kenyan paper Daily Nation on September 30. The editorial, “Attack will draw West, Kenya closer,” discusses the geopolitical implications of the recent terrorist attack on a Kenyan shopping mall elections. Read the editorial