Jude Cocodia is a PhD Candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He is also a lecturer with the Department of Politics, Niger Delta University, Nigeria. He was a recipient of the 2014 International Peace Research Association Foundation grant. His areas of interest are African Politics, Conflict, Peace and Security, Democracy and Citizenship.

Nigeria | September 7, 2016

Boko Haram: Cash Cow of the Sahel or Part of a Grand Strategy?

[Photo: A petrol station attendant counts Nigerian’s currency, the naira, in Abuja, Nigeria. Photographer: Suzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg] Between 2002 and 2011, the BBC and the British newspaper, The Guardian, consistently rated Nigerians as the world’s happiest people.[1] In sharp contrast, by 2013 a Forbes Magazine survey ranked Nigeria as the twentieth saddest place to live on […]

Essays | March 21, 2016

Second Time Around: Why Did the African Union Say “No” to a Peace Intervention Force in Burundi?

“In February 2016, the African Union announced its decision not to send an intervention force into Burundi without the consent of the country’s government. What were its reasons for this decision?”

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In February 2016 the African Union decided against sending peacekeepers to crisis-hit Burundi.
Radar | March 3, 2015

The African Union Operation in Mali and Questions on the Necessity of a Standby Force

“It is debatable whether all the effort, time, and resources invested in the establishment of the ASF (and the ACIRC) have resulted in any real impact on Africa’s capacity to ‘own’ its own peacekeeping and peace support forces and processes. While an African standby force may improve the AU’s capacity to quell violent conflict, it is by no means a major determinant for the success of its peace operations.”

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MINUSMA police unit on patrol in Gao, Mali.