Thursday, February 15, 2024

The University of Nairobi hosted the US-Kenya Security Partnership Dialogue on the 14th of February, 2024 at the Chandaria Auditorium. Senior US Official, Major General Jami C. Shawley, Commanding Officer of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Major General Fatuma Ahmed,Kenya Defence Forces and Professor Ludeki Chweya, Kenya School of Government were among the distinguished guests present.

The dialogue aimed at sharing valuable insights into the nature of the vital bilateral relations between the two states. The outcome of the partnership directly impacts the security and wellbeing of both states making it imperative for such open and constructive discussion. The University of Nairobi is committed in fostering knowledge exchange and constructive dialogue that contributes to global understanding and co-operation by providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas regarding the current state of US-KENYA security relations.

Major General Jami C. Shawley, , Major General Fatuma Ahmed,KDF and Professor Ludeki Chweya,KSG

The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa whose mission is to maintain regional security and stability, protect the larger USA and coalition interest strongly relies on its partners who share similar principles of peace, security, and stability. Kenya, a crucial security partner to this coalition plays an important role as an exporter of peace and stability as it has its defence forces taking major parts in maintaining both regional and international peace and Security. Kenya stands to benefit millions of dollars in aid through this bilateral strategic partnership program, also it benefits in other areas such as economic sector through the establishment of bilateral trade ties and bench marking on best case practices.

Other discussed topics in the forum touched on what the future holds for the strategic security partnership between the two states, the evolving landscape of gender equality and emerging role of cybersecurity in maintaining international peace and stability.

In conclusion the dialogue highlighted the integral role of combined efforts in bid to maintain regional and international peace and stability.