Featured | December 6, 2017

Silencing the Guns by 2020: How Realistic is this Timeline?

This essay previously appeared in the first issue of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) newsletter, “Governance Link” (November-December 2017). The APRM was established in 2003 by the African Union in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Member countries use the APRM to self–monitor all aspects of their governance and […]

AMISOM Troops Up at Dawn on Mogadishu's Frontline
AMISOM Troops Up at Dawn on Mogadishu's Frontline
Research and Practice | April 25, 2014

Replacing Boko Haram with an “Attractive Revolution”

“Restarting this process of building mass literacy could be a good way to revitalize all of NEAZDP’s components, rebuild trust, resurrect peace, and open the door to other community-driven integrated development initiatives …. Carried out by and for the people, such initiatives would replace the slogan ‘education is bad’ with ‘education is good,’ and thereby begin to address the integrated problems of generations going back to the 1970s.”

Kaduna, Nigeria
Man walking down street in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.
Statebuilding & Security | February 25, 2014

Refilling the Vacuum: Responding to the Boko Haram Insurgency

“If the Boko Haram insurgency is to be tackled effectively, a combination of well-thought-out development plans and security strategies is needed …. Bringing the State back into the lives of the people could make a significant difference in addressing youth unemployment and alienation and contribute toward institutionalizing new forms of democratic leadership, accountability, and social harmony.”

A man walks along a street in northern Nigeria.
A man walks along a street in Kano, Nigeria.