Mali | May 30, 2017

Book Review: The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali’s Democratic Experiment Falters, while Jihad and Terrorism Grow in the Sahara

The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali’s Democratic Experiment Falters, while Jihad and Terrorism Grow in the Sahara By Robin Edward Poulton and Raffaella Greco Tonegutti For several decades, Mali has been trapped in a difficult past and a more contentious present, characterized by conflicts in the north of the country, military […]

Cover of The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali’s Democratic Experiment Falters, while Jihad and Terrorism Grow in the Sahara
Viewpoint | April 21, 2017

Insecurity, Conflict, and Militancy in the Maghreb and Sahel Regions

Throughout the Maghreb and Sahel regions of Africa, many communities are struggling under the strain of new patterns of violence that emerged after the Arab Spring as well as episodic cycles of violence that have resurfaced every few years for several decades. The following piece offers key takeaways from a series of recent events—a forum […]

Jimam Lar, Joel Nwokeoma, and Amy Niang on the dais at the Conference on Militancy and Conflict in the Sahel and Maghreb
Research and Practice | April 13, 2016

Congolese Soldiers as Victims: Military Prosecution and Punishment

“Some soldiers are victimized by the very military they serve through court martial proceedings that often delay prosecution and then serve up an unfair and tedious process. What is needed at the policy level is independent civilian jurisdiction to prosecute soldiers who commit offenses.”

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A member of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).
Radar | September 18, 2015

President Buhari’s War Against Terror

“Despite whatever gains have been made, a cursory look at President Buhari’s first hundred days in office and the activities of his administration reveal an emphasis more on winning the battle than winning the war.”

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Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan stands with recently-elected President Muhammad Buhari.
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