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.
Statebuilding & Security | February 14, 2015

Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Contexts of Identity-Related Conflicts: A Necessary Collaboration

“It is important to ask how peacebuilding can take place when the state is perceived as biased, partisan, unfair, and favoring some groups over others. How can peacebuilding reduce violence and at the same time address injustices and improve fragile relationships when the state is directly or indirectly responsible for increasing violence, perpetuating injustices among different identity groups, and contributing to the worsening of their relationships?”

Photo credit to Flickr user CIAT. Taken on November 8, 2009. This picture is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/ciat/4108163065
A farmer walks through the hills.
Essays | January 9, 2015

Amending the Uganda Constitution: Isn’t It Time to Rethink the Process and the Key Issues?

“As Ugandans we need to push for a systematic and comprehensive overhaul of the entire constitution, which in its current form is a representation of elite interests. The new constitution must rethink governance as a never-ending process of exercising power to manage public affairs and resources in a manner that allows for equitable redistribution of benefits to all.”

Photo credit to Glenn Fawcett (Released), via Flickr user Chuck Hagel. Taken on September 27, 2013. This picture is licensed under CC BY 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/secdef/9970092125
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
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