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Internal strife the biggest threat to nation-state

19 January 2021

Dr Alex Awiti, Vice Provost of the Aga Khan University in Kenya, writes that the events in the aftermath of the US elections are indelible proof that democracy is fragile, reversible and is not an end-state. No country, advanced or low income, is immune from hurtling to the precipice of anarchy and authoritarianism. Kenyans can relate to America’s post-election crisis. Ethnic bigotry has washed the country to the shores of annihilation. The most dire and present danger to Kenya is not external. The post-election violence of 1992 and 2007 in Kenya are indelibly inscribed.