Kenyans go to the polls in national elections next week. Last time there were national elections, over 1,300 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in horrific incidents of ethnic violence. Will this election turn out as badly?

I speak with Naomi Kikoler of the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect about the prospects for mass atrocity in Kenya and what the international community can do to mitigate the threat.

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Required reading: Global Centre Policy Brief: The March 2013 Elections in Kenya and the Responsibility to Protect