Coinciding with the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, President Obama is set to visit Kenya, where this year’s summit is being held. This is the first time that the summit will be held in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the summit is, “to be a forum for entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders from all over the world to come together, promote their businesses, network with one another, learn from the mistakes and successes of others, and be inspired by the amazing projects and stories of their peers.” Kenya, as one of the more financially, academically, and technologically advanced nations in Africa seems the perfect setting for the summit. It is also the nation of Obama’s father’s birth.
Kenya is also an area of extreme religious conflict. The Muslim extremist group, Al Shabab has executed a number of terrorist acts on Kenya over the past few years. The most notable of these was the westgate Mall massacre of 2013 where sixty-seven people were murdered. This past April, 147 college students were massacred in Garissa. Thus cooperation between the two nations on counterterrorism efforts is crucial. Obama is expected to exert some pressure on Kenya’s President Kenyatta to change the country’s political and judicial structure to move closer to an environment optimized to help fight terrorism not just in Kenya but throughout East Africa.