ACSS’s research publications aim to expand the analysis and understanding of Africa’s security challenges. These publications are authored by ACSS faculty and independent scholars with the intention of generating evidenced-based insights while facilitating an exchange of views on effective strategies and practices for advancing Africa’s security. In this way and building on the Center’s strong network of relationships in Africa, the scholarship generated via the Research Program reinforces the Center’s ongoing educational and outreach efforts.
Recognizing that Africa’s security challenges are marked by their breadth and diversity, the ACSS Research Program pursues three integrated layers of analysis: strategic concerns, topical security challenges, and evidenced-based “best practices”. In this way, the Research Program aims to contribute to a conceptual framework for addressing security challenges in Africa as well as to solutions for specific priority issues. Consistent with the ACSS mission, all products generated from the Research Program endeavor to be practical, policy-relevant, and solutions-oriented.
ACSS publications include:
The Africa Center’s Research Papers present focused policy-relevant examinations of priority security topics facing Africa. These reports provide needed background and analysis with the objective of informing policymakers on key considerations and paths forward.
The Africa Center’s Africa Security Briefs are concise analyses of critical security challenges facing Africa that generate practical insights on a topic or context as well as actionable recommendations for policymakers and practitioners.
ACSS faculty will periodically produce books and opinion pieces on Africa security issues with the aim of advancing scholarship or sharpening the analysis of policy options.
On certain fast evolving strategic developments, ACSS will generate Special Reports that attempt to raise awareness of the issues faced, assess the challenges, and review possible courses of action.