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Radar | April 7, 2017

Whither Peacebuilding Initiatives? The Escalation of Herder-Farmer Conflicts in Nigeria

There is a growing trend towards episodic, low-intensity conflicts across Nigeria, particularly in its north-central and southern zones. These conflicts often involve nomadic Fulani herdsmen and sedentary agricultural communities,1 and result in the unmitigated decimation and sacking of rural communities. Herder-farmer conflicts have escalated in the last decade and assumed a deadly dimension over the […]

Cattle in Ta Kuti village, Niger State, Nigeria
Statebuilding & Security | February 17, 2016

“Kill Us Together or Leave Us Alone”: The Beginning of the End of Al-Shabaab Menace in Kenya

“The media in Kenya need to take their public interest role seriously and stop behaving as fear mongers or as cheerleaders for militants’ heinous acts. Instead, they should cheer on and celebrate the acts more worthy of attention—like those of the Muslims on that ambushed bus—to help bring the Al-Shabaab menace in Kenya to an end.”

Photo credit to AU-UN IST Photo / Stuart Price. Obtained via Flickr user Albany Associates. Taken on August 5, 2013. CC0 1.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/albanyassociates/9452898256/
Street scene in Hamar Weyne market in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Radar | January 31, 2014

The Recent Conflict in the Central African Republic: Which Way Out of the Crisis?

“With regime changes by coups d’états as the rule, the political reality in the CAR has been characterized by regimes lacking in legitimacy, a dysfunctional public sector and institutions, and weak state power …. In this regard, it can be said that the crisis has in fact been brewing for long and conditions for an open conflict to emerge were given.”

Main street, Paoua, northwest Central African Republic (CAR).
A man crosses a street in northwest Central African Republic (CAR).
Special Issue: Westgate Mall Attack | December 4, 2013

The “Somali Question” and Ghosts of Past Security Dialogues in Africa

The Westgate mall attack in Kenya–one of the most recent indicators of the continuing rise in the use of terror by a network of insurrectionary groups in Africa and globally–compels us to reflect on extant approaches to national and regional security. The challenge that confronts Kenya (and indeed the rest of the continent and elsewhere) is whether it can conceive the security of Somalia and Somalis as an integral part of the security of the Kenyan state and people, as well as the neighboring region.

Photo credit to Flickr user albanyassociates.  Photo taken on June 12, 2013 by Stuart Price of AU-UN IST. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/albanyassociates/8385572633/
Ugandan soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) walking inside Mogadishu National Stadium.
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