Africa Security Brief No. 6

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Africa’s Fragile States: Empowering Extremists, Exporting Terrorism

By Zachary Devlin-Foltz

August 30, 2010

Africa Fragile States
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 delegitimizing extremists’ use of violence.

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Publication Type: Africa Security Briefs

Security Topic(s): Stabilization of Fragile States