Religion in International Affairs

Why fighting with the state? Reflections on the violent reactions to the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film!

Yesterday, I was impressed by the news that the Pakistani government has distanced itself from one of its ministers, Ahmad Bilour, who promised to offer US $ 100, 000 for killing the maker of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film.( . For me this is notable because I have been following up on the reactions to the film around the… Read more →

Church and State: Reflection on the Opening Session of the ELCT’s (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania) General Synod for the Northern Diocese, held at Tumaini University, Bishop Stefano, Masoka Moshi Campus, Moshi, Tanzania- 12/8/2012

On Sunday, 12/8/2012, I was fortunate to attend the Opening Session of the ELCT’s Northern Diocese 32nd General Synod. The Synod is held in every two years. The main theme for this Synod was ‘Make good use of your God given talent(s)’. The day started with the church service led by the ELCT’s Head Bishop, Dr. Alex Malasusa.

Global Counterterrorism Forum:How come there is no any member from the Horn or Eastern region of Africa

I came across the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in the State Department website @ and my first question was ‘how come I can’t see Kenya or Ethiopia’? But why is this question important? Since the UN declared famine crisis in Somalia in 2011, a terrorist group, Al Shabaab,  started to get more attention from the international media and scholars. This… Read more →