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In the four years since terrorists bombed US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the region of East Africa has become increasingly distressed. Poverty and corruption have produced a lawless environment for criminals who cross porous borders with impunity. Even before last week-s attacks in Mombassa, President Bush was scheduled to meet with the leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia. Still, those strikes at Israeli interests in Kenya have dramatized the importance of East Africa to the war on terror. We assess the risks to Western interests in that region and the prospects for increased security with a news correspondent in Nairobi, a National Security officer from the Clinton White House, a former director of East African affairs for the State Department and the head of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St. Andrews University.
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