Agnes Wanjiru Behr is a full time PhD student in international relations at United States International University-Africa (USIU), based in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds an MA in international studies from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies-University of Nairobi. In her MA she undertook an empirical research on nongovernmental organizations in urban poverty alleviation, with a case study of Kawangware slums in Nairobi. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from National University of Lesotho (NUL)-Roma, Lesotho. Her current research interests include democracy, development, peace, and security studies in Africa, specifically piracy in the Horn of Africa, refugee studies, and terrorism and the "War on Terror" in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on state and human security and insecurity.

Statebuilding & Security | December 7, 2015

How Is the Securitization of Africa Addressing Human Insecurity?

“The securitization of Africa has changed academic discourse in several ways by broadening the concept of “security” and its role in reshaping the relationship between the continent and global powers. And yet, in facilitating the process of securitization, African leaders avoid the real challenge of addressing the roots of human insecurity within their countries and regions.”

Photo credit to Flickr user US Army Africa. Taken on October 21, 2009. CC BY 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Troops from East Africa taking part in exercise co-led by US Army Africa and the Ugandan Peoples Defence Force.