Position: Associate Fellow
Anna Rader is an Associate Fellow of RUSI with a research focus on the Horn of Africa and contemporary African development and security. She is currently undertaking doctoral research on political consolidation and identity in Puntland, northeastern Somalia, at the School of Oriental and African Studies under Professor Stephen Chan.
Anna is formerly the editor of the RUSI Journal, the Institute's flagship publication. Before joining RUSI, Anna co-ordinated editorial supplements and special events for the New Statesman, and project managed a diverse range of social impact campaigns for a communications consultancy.
Anna has an MA in International Peace and Security (Distinction) from King’s College London, and a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
When History is Not Made: The End of Somalia's Transition
21 Aug 2012
The news of Ethiopian Meles Zenawi's death may have eclipsed the inauguration of Somalia's new parliament - an event the UN has called a 'watershed moment' in Somalia's history. But with political and security challenges still unaddressed in Somalia, the end of the transition may turn out to be forgettable for other reasons too.
Photo Essay: Mogadishu
6 Aug 2012
As Somalia approaches yet another moment of political transition, the first of two photo essays illustrates life in the war-ravaged nation's capital (Free access)
Eastern Africa: A Regional Stake in Counter-Insurgency
30 Jan 2012
Somalia will continue to dominate the 2012 agenda for East African states as the humanitarian impact of famine and ongoing fighting pulls in regional and international actors. Now embroiled in military operations, Kenya also faces a big year for domestic politics. Other regional dynamics are tying together Uganda and South Sudan, and Kenya and Eritrea, who are all facing political challenges.
Somalia's 2012 Agenda
3 Jan 2012
Somalia has until August to complete political reform, inaugurate a new constitution and hold national elections before the end of the transitional period. It must also capitalise on the Kenyan incursion to rout Al-Shabaab and establish security in this enduring weak state, making 2012 a make-or-break year for Somalia.
Time to Secure Somalia
5 Oct 2011
In the last few weeks, gangs based in Somalia kidnapped tourists visiting Kenya. Just a few days later, a massive suicide bomb ripped through Mogadishu, claiming dozens of lives and shattering the relative peace that had followed Shabaab's withdrawal. The events pose a fresh challenge to the Somali government's road map for security and development.
Changing Tactics: Shabaab in Somalia
28 Sep 2011
Will the international community seize the opportunity presented by the famine in the Horn of Africa to re-energise its efforts against Al-Shabaab and develop a sustained campaign of assistance for Somalia?
Famine in Somalia: A Wake-Up Call for Western Foreign Policy-Makers
19 Aug 2011
The Horn of Africa famine continues to claim lives and livelihoods across south-central Somalia, the heartland of the Al-Shabaab insurgency where neither the government nor the international community dare to tread. Sustained commitment and co-operation are needed on all sides to mitigate the crisis.
Sudan: The Trouble Ahead
30 Jun 2011
With ten days to go until South Sudanese independence, tensions are high. Violence continues along the disputed border, and aid organisations fear another humanitarian crisis in a country wracked by conflict. At this crucial intersection, can Sudan be pulled back from the brink?
Sudan's Power Play
6 Jan 2011
Those campaigning for independence in the forthcoming South Sudan referendum will be cautiously optimistic. Should their hopes be fulfilled, the poll will not be the end of the road, but rather the beginning of Sudanís next chapter.
Somalia: The Rise of Al-Shabaab
16 Sep 2009
Al-Shabaab and its brand of Islamist terror has alarmed observers. The international community would do well to attend to the current blend of jihadist violence, national resistance and vested interests.