Radar

Radar pinpoints the fundamentals behind current developments in conflict-affected countries and neighboring sub-regions.

Radar | March 11, 2015

Boko Haram’s Trajectory: Origins and Future Directions

“[…] Boko Haram’s trajectory and the need to address the roots of home-bred terrorism assumes greater relevance as Nigeria prepares for elections in a matter of weeks. This overview provides a deeper understanding of a potent security challenge to the holding of free and fair elections in Africa’s largest democracy.”

Photo credit to UNHCR / H. Caux via Flickr user Photo Unit. Taken on November 20, 2013. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0. The photo was rotated 180 degrees. No other changes were made. Original photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/101268966@N04/12304990074/in/set-72157640499528424
A Nigerian woman, adorned in colorful bracelets, is reminded of peaceful times.
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.”

Photo credit to Flickr user United Nations Photo via Flickr Creative Commons. Photo taken by Marco Dormino on May 19, 2015. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/14283029802
MINUSMA police unit on patrol in Gao, Mali.
Radar | November 7, 2014

The Day the Burkinabé People Recovered Their Voice

“As political leaders scramble to capture every bit of power possible, it needs to be remembered that the impetus for change was collective anger …. For the Burkinabé people, this is a unique chance to experiment with inclusive politics that makes room for meaningful civil society input and, more importantly, an opportunity to dismantle a system of rule that enabled Compaoré to keep the country under tight control for twenty-seven years.”

Photo credit to Flickr user European Commission DG ECHO. Taken on November 5, 2012 in Sebba, Burkina Faso. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/8641801647
A group of Burkinabé women and children wait in line.
Radar | November 5, 2014

Post-amnesty Niger Delta: Current and Emerging Security Threats

“[A]s both national and international observers and policymakers focus on northeast Nigeria, they must not ignore signs of the possible recurrence of conflict in the Niger Delta region. Another full-scale insurgency in the Niger Delta could drive the Nigerian state closer to the cliff. The current threats are the same as those that led to the last phase of insurgency, and they serve as signposts indicating that, if effective action is not taken, insurgency will come again—it is just a matter of time.”

Photo credit to Flickr user shawnleishman. Taken on March 21, 2008 at Lekki Market, Lagos, Nigeria. This picture is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 (originally licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0). Original image cropped to fit webpage. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnleishman/2354476460
A Nigerian man poses at a market.
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