Africa’s Fragile States: Empowering Extremists, Exporting Terrorism

By Zachary Devlin-Foltz
Updated: 08/30/2010

FragileStatesBy Zachary Devlin-Foltz. Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2010.

Persistent reports of extremist activity from across Africa have deepened concern over the spread of radicalism on the continent. Extremists capitalize on political and security vacuums within Africa’s fragile states to grow their support base and consolidate their strength. Stable states that provide opportunities for political participation empower moderates while delegitimating extremists’ use of violence.

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