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
South Africa | March 14, 2017

Combattants: Activists or Criminals? A Reflection on Ethnoregionalism and Political Violence among Congolese Immigrants in South Africa

Most studies on African immigrants in South Africa focus on xenophobia, illegal immigration, and corruption within the South African Department of Home Affairs,1 while leaving unexamined some aspects of immigrants’ everyday life in the country. Saint José Inaka highlights “ethno-regionalism and political conflicts among immigrants” as one issue that existing studies have glossed over.2 Inaka’s […]

Congolese protesting against Kabila in Paris on February 18, 2012. Photo credit to Jelena Prtoric. Taken on February 18, 2012. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yel_lena/7006599816/in/photolist-bF9E27-aL4KKi-eXZcX-33k8T-eY6Tw-eYkfJ-eWnQ5-bU4qhg-eYdvS-eYkfC-eYy16-eYaRr-eXXQL-pbyjK-eYizy-eYaRn-eYkfE-eYaRo-eWmHU-eYdvU-eYdvQ-eYy19-eY6Tv-eY1Mq-eYy1a-eY4GR-eVBti-eYfx2-eYh22-eXZcW-eXUUR-eWnQ4-eVBth-eVvBC-eVr4i-eVvBE-eY4GS-eYh23-eY8bT-b3nDmV-eWmHT-eYfx4-eWnQ3-eYy18-eYfx8-eXXQq-eXWGa-eWkEn-eY3dp-eYfx3.
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/.
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