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Dr. Nico Minde is an adjunct lecturer in International Relations at the United States International University – Africa (USIU – Africa) Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the same university. His PhD research was on the Endurance of One-Party Dominance: The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Party and the Challenge of democratizing the Tanganyika-Zanzibar Union. He was a joint recipient of the Africa Peacebuilding Network (APN) Research Grant with Professor Kenneth Omeje in 2013. He is a beneficiary of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2017-2020). His research interests are in Foreign Policy, Peace and Conflict in the Horn of Africa region, Political Parties and Democratization, and the political history of Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Julius was previously managing editor of a number of Kenyan national daily and weekly newspaper titles under the Nation Media Group and The Standard Group in Nairobi, among them the Saturday Nation. He was the founding editor of Drum East Africa magazine and has also worked as a senior editor in Tanzania.

Narrelle Gilchrist is a PhD student in the Politics Department at Princeton University. She is interested in identity politics, local governance, and the interaction of formal and informal institutions as drivers of contentious politics and conflict. Her regional focus is on sub-Saharan Africa, and she has previously conducted fieldwork in Kenya. Past projects have examined the impact of decentralization on ethnic group grievances and conflict, and the attitudes of Kenyan university students toward ethnic politics. Before coming to Princeton, Narrelle obtained an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Florida.

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