ABOUT SAHAN

SAHAN is a Somali term for nomadic scouts or pathfinders responsible for navigating the best path for their communities towards peace, pasture, and prosperity. Those chosen for sahan must possess expert knowledge of the terrain, society, environment, and a multiplicity of other factors in order to provide the information that leaders need to make sound decisions.

Experience

Sahan is a think tank dedicated to promoting peace, stability, and development. With offices in Somalia, Kenya, and the UK, its primary focus is the Horn of Africa, East Africa and the Middle East, where its team possesses decades of experience in political analysis, security dynamics, peace building, and governance.

Vision

Sahan is becoming an international point of reference for supporting reconciliation efforts, security arrangements, and positive change in divided societies and fluid environments. We aspire to share our expertise and become a leading school of thought in peace and development studies.

Mission

A pathfinder, Sahan finds comprehensive solutions to complex challenges by leveraging our local knowledge of the context, dynamics, and interests of the area of study, as well as our extensive networks. We promote research, analysis, and policy advice as key elements of effecting change.

Values

At Sahan we believe in Excellence, Innovation, and Integrity.

News and Publications

ISSP: Al-Shabaab as a Transnational Security Threat

ISSP: Al-Shabaab as a Transnational Security Threat

Harakaat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujaahidiiin, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the HoA, has long been perceived as a Somali organisation – albeit one that represents a security threat to the wider region. However, Al-Shabaab has aspired to become a truly regional organisation, with membership and horizons that transcend national borders̷

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The Reinvention of Al-Shabaab : A Strategy of choice or Necessity

The Reinvention of Al-Shabaab : A Strategy of choice or Necessity

The 2013 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Center,  has positioned the Somali extremist group, Al-Shabaab, firmly in the global spotlight. Some observers have interpreted the attack as a sign of “desperation,” and others perceive it as an indication of AS’s reformation and resurgence .The reality is more complex

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Violent Extremism and Clan Dynamics in Kenya

Violent Extremism and Clan Dynamics in Kenya

This report focuses on the relationships between resilience and risk to clan violence and to violent extremism in northeast Kenya. The question is whether capacities that make a com- munity resilient to clan-based violence are used to mitigate or prevent extremist violence and activities in a community…      

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Community Resilience to Violent extremism

Community Resilience to Violent extremism

The report focuses on six urban neighborhoods in Kenya, and explores how key resilience factors have prevented or countered violent extremist activity at the local level. It is based on a one-year, mixed-method study led by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and supported by Sahan Research…       &n

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