The head of the US military command for Africa embarked on a major African tour in May that took him from Djibouti to Angola via Somalia, Kenya and Rwanda. The aim was to brief American diplomats and high-ranking officers of the US Army on how to strengthen security cooperation with African partners in order to limit the progress of Chinese influence in East and Southern Africa.
The Kenyan president and the two main contenders hoping to succeed him have already contacted the new Somali leader's officials. But they will have their work cut out to normalise relations between Nairobi and Mogadishu, which hit rock bottom under Somalia's previous leader.
Back in Kenya after a week in the UK, presidential candidate Raila Odinga has been giving attention to his foreign policy credentials. To attract the favours of the West, he has highlighted Kenya's role as a peacemaker in the Horn of Africa, a region riven by civil wars and political crises.
Relations between Kenya and Somalia are becoming tenser by the month. The Somalian president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo is having to contend not only with Kenya renewing its claims to Somalian territorial waters (which are thought to contain vast oil