Somalia-Kenya Maritime Dispute: National, Regional and Global Implications

The diplomatic tension between Kenya and Somalia has drawn attention to the principle of
reciprocity which underlies international relations. The notion of “tit-for-tat” denoting both positive
and adverse reciprocity continue to guide the behavior of states especially in their foreign policy
formulation and implementation. Typically, the core objective of the reciprocity principle is to limit
aggression and make war a last resort.

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