Urban Fragility and Security in Africa

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 04/11/2011

nigeria_violence_2011The Africa Center recently released its latest Africa Security Brief, “Urban Fragility and Security in Africa”, by Dr. Stephen Commins.

Estimates are that more than half of all Africans will live in cities by 2025. This rapid pace of urbanization is creating a new locus of fragility in many African states–as evidenced by the burgeoning slums around many of the continent’s urban areas—and the accompanying rise in violence, organized crime, and the potential for instability. These evolving threats, in turn, have profound implications for Africa’s security sector.

Dr. Commins is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Affairs.