Current Institutional Affiliation
Assistant Lecturer, Political Science and Public Administration

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2013
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Political Science and Public Administration, University of Dar es Salaam
Different ‘Terrorisms’, Different ‘Wars’ on Terror: Why Tanzania Does Not Take Part in a War against Somalia’s Al-Shabaab

It is common knowledge that the concept of terrorism in the view Western world view is often in inverse proportion to the Arab world's. As a graduate student in political science, I wish to contribute to the still unknown Tanzanian view on the matter: is it Western, Arabic, or neither of the two, or none at all? Regard must be had to the fact that three of the four Tanzania's East African Community (EAC) Partner States (Burundi, Kenya and Uganda) are currently at war on Somalia's Al-Shabaab – allegedly an Islamic fundamentalist/terrorist group. Despite the provisions in the Treaty Establishing the EAC (Article 5.1, Article 124.5-6 and Article 125.1) that require Partner States to cooperate in defense affairs and in combating terrorism, Tanzania still seems not likely to take part in the Somali war against the purportedly global 'terrorism'. Why this is so is a matter that deserves scientific inquiry.