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Africa’s security environment is characterized by great diversity. To help readers keep pace with these often fluid issues, the Africa Center curates a regularly updated list of “must-read” analyses. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not represent an endorsement by the Africa Center.

Legal Reforms Aim to Prevent Electoral Violence in Kenya

Spotlight   published by Godfrey Musila on July 26, 2017

Soul searching triggered by Kenya’s 2007–08 electoral violence galvanized legal reforms aimed at mitigating future violence. Would they be effective in the August elections?

Past as Prologue in Kenya’s Elections? A Discussion with Peter Kagwanja

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 23, 2017

How well was Kenya prepared for its August 8 elections? In an interview with the Africa Center, Kenyan academic and commentator Dr. Peter Kagwanja discussed the political dynamics and prospects for violence.

Interview: Prospects for Peace in the DRC

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on February 17, 2017

John Katunga, senior technical advisor for peacebuilding at Catholic Relief Services, discusses the status of the DRC's peace process and the role of external actors in the negotiations.

High Stakes in Gambia: Security Implications

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on January 23, 2017

Gambia narrowly averted a regional crisis when Yahya Jammeh stepped down. The coordinated action of neighboring countries and regional organizations could provide a model for future governance crises.

The Role of External Actors in the DRC Crisis

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on January 12, 2017

Part 5. In previous DRC’s political crises, international and African actors have at some times been a moderating influence, and at others enabled further escalation. What role are they playing this time?

The Role of Civil Society in Averting Instability in the DRC

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on November 15, 2016

Part 3. The DRC’s nascent institutional checks and balances are too weak to curb executive overreach. And when state institutions are compromised, reform must come from the outside.