Radar

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

Radar | May 21, 2014

Insurgents and Terror in Jos, Nigeria: Where Next?

“As national and international attention is mainly focused on Sambisa forest in the search for the girls that were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in Borno State, it is important not to overlook the dire fact that other parts of Nigeria are vulnerable to coordinated attacks by Boko Haram. It happened in Kano and Plateau State—but there is no telling where it will happen next.”

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A man tries to navigate his way through traffic in Nigeria.
Radar | March 21, 2014

Central African Republic Crisis: Conflating Form with Substance?

“As insecurity persists, the conflict complexes continue to feed contending networks on the CAR stage, which will add to the intractability of the current conflict. If peacebuilding initiatives are to be developed that give equal importance to statebuilding, everyday politics, and human security, a more thorough analysis of the conflict is needed that clearly distinguishes its form from its substance.”

People line up at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at the airport. The clinic treats hundreds of patients every day for problems such as malaria, respiratory infections, gunshot and burn wounds as well as helping mothers in labour. UNHCR / S. Phelps / December 2013
People line up at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at the airport.
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).
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