Kenya: National Security Under the New Constitutional Order. Threats, Responses and Strategies

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March 7, 2016 to November 15, 2016
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Book Project: Call for Contributions

 Kenya: National Security under the New Constitutional Order. Threats, Responses and Strategies (2017)

Edited by Prof. Makumi Mwagiru and Atunga Atuti O.J.


The East African School of  Human Rights is calling for chapter contributions on a forthcoming book titled; Kenya: National Security under the New Constitutional Order. Threats, Responses and Strategies(2017)

The Idea of the Book:

The idea of the book on the above subject is borne out of the realisation that there has not been a coherent, concise and up to date reader on Kenya's national security. National security concerns have been treated as appendages of the human rights and democracy discourses rather than as an integral component of the social, economic and political developments deserving attention on their own right. As such security issues have been tucked into agendas for reform of other institutions. The closest Kenya came to having a structured discourse on security was during the Governance, Justice Law and Order 'reform' process but even then the agenda was driven by government and donors. Civil society, academia and other interests was left out of the core of this process and were only consulted within the framework of a CSO-Reference Group rather than as a co-driver of the reform program. Government used the reform process to portray itself as reform minded to attract funding and to dissipate pressure from the citizenry and donors on fundamental reforms of the processes and structures of Kenya's security infrastructure. As a result the GJLOS program ended up being a 'modernization program rather than a reform process'.

With the enactment of the New Constitution, security issues were propelled to the top of the agenda of the implementation process. The effectuation of the security provisions of the Kenya Constitution 2010 has not been without challenges. These were already discernible right from the start of the constitution-making process itself.  It is not lost on Kenyans that one of the drafts released by the Government press prior to the August 2010 Referendum sneaked in a provision limiting the exercise of the Bill of Rights to 'National Security'. The implementation process has witnessed a concerted scheme to ‘amend’ the constitution in regard to national security through 'ordinary legislation' or even through Miscellaneous Amendments.

With the implementation of key sections of the Constitution coming to an end, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the constitution implementation process since 2010, the  present status and future of  security sector reforms. This book is intended for a wide audience including security analysts and scholars, students and policy makers, donors and other international actors. It will therefore seek to   follow, understand, and contribute to a range of issues on this subject  through the  themes outlined below. Sections of the book will seek to respond to the challenges of national security faced by Kenya  but also typically any other country of the same stature.

Getting Started:
This Book Project is commenced with a call for detailed (500-800 word) chapter proposals. The proposals will be reviewed on a rolling  basis in May/June (2016) and authors will be advised on their topics not later than 10th July 2016 including details on the length of their contributions. Draft Chapters must be submitted by 10th September 2016.  A Review conference will be held in Nairobi in October 2016 at which authors will present their chapters for peer review.  The Editorial process will be completed by November 15th and the Book will be released by end of December 2016 or early 2017. All chapters shall be subject to double-blind review process and some of the contributors will be enlisted as reviewers for the manuscripts. The School has commenced consultations with reputable publishers in the UK and Netherlands for the publication and distribution of the book. Details will be availed as soon as the publishing agreement concluded.


The EASHR of Human Rights has identified the following as a tentative guide on possible themes that would constitute the proposed book. Authors are however free to propose other themes which would add value to the book that are not indicated.

  1. Historical Development of Kenya’s National Security Institutions
  2. Legal and Ad Hoc National Security Institutions in Kenya: The Constitution’s Contribution (Context/Perspectives)
  3. Kenya’s National Security and the Constitution of Kenya 2010- The Constitutional Philosophy of National Security in the 2010 Constitution
  4. National Security Parameters: National-County Dichotomy including The Role of County Governments in National Security in Kenya
  5. National Security and National Interest (Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, National Values and National Security)
  6. National Security Architecture-(a)Legal frameworks, Institutions and Processes: National Security Policy, National Security Strategy, National Security review(s); (b) The Constitution and co-ordination of National Security.
  7. New and Emerging Threats to National Security (Internal, External threats)
  8. Kenya’s National Security: Global, Regional and Local nexus
  9. Kenya’s National Security in the 21st Century: i) Threats/Challenges, Opportunities/Responses and Strategies, ii) Long Range Planning in National Security
    1. The Constitution and National Security Apparatus (National Security Council, National Security Advisory Council etc)
    2. After Five Years: Issues and Problems of Implementing the Constitution
  10. Conclusions

Writing Style:

All manuscripts should be prepared using the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style .


Prospective authors are requested to submit their chapter proposals and outlines to the undersigned by April 28th 2016 (23:59 EAS). A web portal with all the abstracts/outline of book chapters will be created where more information and other developments will be posted.

All correspondences:

Atunga Atuti O.J.
International Relations and National Security
Curtin University
Bentley Campus, Kent Street
Perth, Western Australia
Tel: +61470501496
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International Relations and National Security
Curtin University
Bentley Campus, Kent Street
Perth, Western Australia
Tel: +61470501496
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