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
Morocco | February 25, 2017

Morocco and the African Union: Back into the Fold

Morocco’s triumphant return to the African Union after a thirty-three-year break marked the culmination of a lengthy and intense diplomatic offensive designed to expand its circle of African allies to key nations in regions far from its historic sphere of influence in the Sahel, as well as in West and Central Africa. Now that the […]

The African Union. Photo by The Embassy of Equatorial Guinea, taken on June 24, 2011 at the 17th African Union Summit. CC BY-ND 2.0. Photo has not been modified. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/equatorial_guinea/5866383683/in/photolist-9WoKug-9WrzVo-9WoKsV-9WrzXU-9WrzXq-bC7ie2-RRtzQN-9YXvdy-9YVwaN-9YMr2v-9YVDWJ-9YV2Rp-9YMp2P-9YXvZG-9YXuUo-9YMwmc-euh7qd-9YQk13-meL22s-9YV2Ag-tFrACZ-9YV3Ex-meKLkc-9YSJRF-9YUfM6-9YSqYF-9YSHuz-9YXChQ-meJxhF-9YXa1Y-9YUg5M-9YUQnX-9YXWLA-9YVEou-9YUQDz-9YXKDf-9YUMXz-9YUPFe-9YX9t9-9YSGsM-9YXCym-9YXbRh-bjCxmY-9YXGh1-9YXHWo-9YPdSB-9YUQ4a-9YUNVM-9YUfbD-bxRj4H.
Nigeria | February 3, 2017

Challenges to Food Security in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Niger Delta Region

Introduction Although narratives of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta region are increasingly shifting attention to the human security challenges affecting the area,[1] one significant component of human security—food security—has received limited scholarly attention. It is important to analyze food security in the context of livelihood security because food security is crucial to the sensitivity, […]

A Nigerian market with vendors selling red pepper, oil palm, cow meat, clothing materials, etc. Photo credit to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Taken November 13, 2008. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.  Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iita-media-library/4749322886/in/photolist-8eFwem-65bSfS-5sh2xZ-pkTxcR-jV941B-hEUn3N-53cSTU-8Dtd58-oGnkbV-bJY6u6-7nM7CH-7nK8SK-53cPQj-51u3fK-7nPqzN-oWPyCN-e9WczK-dD5aBg-bNMSfr-ceiU2S-6dXg9g-bwgPqv-9nzUZG-cVA6F5-6e2ojS-5AdMEK-dNNdXJ-ejohot-997fWD-eQUNvf-9cseQP-bJZ1tK-bjKs1N-bwgMpc-hiLB8-6g53Yy-pkTxaX-aukqyR-fMqivF-ecLrcS-bJXUj4-816bEA-89JJiZ-7YrrjT-e82D5Z-e7JQdc-cEzNx7-8k9uzT-9nwT12-cDtE57/.
Photo credit to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Taken November 13, 2008. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iita-media-library/4749322886/in/photolist-8eFwem-65bSfS-5sh2xZ-pkTxcR-jV941B-hEUn3N-53cSTU-8Dtd58-oGnkbV-bJY6u6-7nM7CH-7nK8SK-53cPQj-51u3fK-7nPqzN-oWPyCN-e9WczK-dD5aBg-bNMSfr-ceiU2S-6dXg9g-bwgPqv-9nzUZG-cVA6F5-6e2ojS-5AdMEK-dNNdXJ-ejohot-997fWD-eQUNvf-9cseQP-bJZ1tK-bjKs1N-bwgMpc-hiLB8-6g53Yy-pkTxaX-aukqyR-fMqivF-ecLrcS-bJXUj4-816bEA-89JJiZ-7YrrjT-e82D5Z-e7JQdc-cEzNx7-8k9uzT-9nwT12-cDtE57/.
Statebuilding & Security | December 7, 2015

How Is the Securitization of Africa Addressing Human Insecurity?

“The securitization of Africa has changed academic discourse in several ways by broadening the concept of “security” and its role in reshaping the relationship between the continent and global powers. And yet, in facilitating the process of securitization, African leaders avoid the real challenge of addressing the roots of human insecurity within their countries and regions.”

Photo credit to Flickr user US Army Africa. Taken on October 21, 2009. CC BY 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usarmyafrica/4071975526/
Troops from East Africa taking part in exercise co-led by US Army Africa and the Ugandan Peoples Defence Force.
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