Cameroon made strides in creating structural mechanisms to limit illegal logging through government and private sector policies, until progress stalled in 2010. Due to continued corruption in Cameroon’s forest sector, lack of transparency and a dearth of political will to implement change, illegal logging has been permitted to continue. Improvements in governance within Cameroon to... Continue Reading
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March 19–23, 2018 Victoria, Seychelles Syllabus: English | Français | Português Bios: English | Français | Português Session 1: Maritime Insecurity Around Africa Presented by: Mr. Hassani Soilihi (PDF: English | Français | Português) Dr. Matt Houngnikpo CDR Loic Moudouma (PDF: English | Français) Recommended Reading: Ian Ralby, “Cooperative Security to Counter Cooperative Criminals,” Defence... Continue Reading
Twenty countries in Africa will hold national elections in 2018. This analysis reviews countries facing unique challenges to holding peaceful elections on the continent.
The G5 Sahel is ramping up its joint security force in order to address the growing threat posed by militant Islamist groups in the Sahel. The Force is emerging as a focal point for transnational security efforts in the region.
Program materials for the Africa Center's 2017 Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar. Click here for syllabus, bios, readings, and slides.
Despite their shortcomings, African peace operations have saved lives, built security sector capacity, and helped mitigate conflict—reducing pressure on international actors to become directly involved.
Program materials for the Africa Center's 2017 program, Maritime Safety and Security Inter-regional Cooperation Centers. Click here for syllabus, bios, readings, and slides.
The Indian Ocean is a vital conduit for trade. It's also a domain where security threats, including piracy, trafficking, and illegal fishing, thrive. Former Africa Center professor Assis Malaquias reflects on its relevance to national security in Africa.
As ISIS’s influence and territorial control in the Arab world have waned, so too have its reputation and ideological appeal in Africa, writes the Africa Center’s Joseph Siegle.
Islamist terrorist groups in the Sahel and Sahara are attempting to exploit pastoralist grievances to mobilize greater support for their agenda, write Kaley Fulton and Benjamin Nickels.
The geographic spread and frequency of violent events linked to militant Islamist groups in Africa has expanded steadily since 2010, with a peak in 2015. Eight African countries now regularly face attacks by an assortment of militant Islamist groups.
The Ethnic Army and the State: Explaining Coup Traps and the Difficulties of Democratization in Africa
Since the independence era of the 1960s, there have been more than 215 coup attempts in 43 of the 54 countries of Africa. Though the numbers were mostly concentrated in the early years, coups attempts are still a feature on the continent. Where early leaders tended to form militaries based on ethnicity, coups attempts were four times as likely to happen. Likewise, because of the patronage system in place in many fragile states, when elections bring in a leader that is not of the same ethnicity as the army, coup risk spikes dramatically.