Urban Fragility and Security in Africa

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 04/05/2011
nigeria_violence_2011By Stephen Commins, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2011.

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.

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