ABSTRACT

Kenyan foreign policy is pragmatic, traditionally pro-Western, and consistently driven by economic self-interest. In recent years, the Moi regime’s record on human-rights abuses and official corruption has tarnished a once cordial relationship with trading partners and aid donors. Manifested in mounting verbal criticism and in two suspensions of military and economic assistance, international pressure has played an important part in stimulating the country’s halting movement toward political and economic reform. Foreign doubts about Moi’s sincerity are further evident in subsequent donor reviews of the Kenyan aid package and in the dispatch of foreign observers to monitor the 1992 election.