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Africa’s Most Challenging Elections in 2018

Spotlight   published by Dorina Bekoe on February 16, 2018

Twenty countries in Africa will hold national elections in 2018. This analysis reviews countries facing unique challenges to holding peaceful elections on the continent.

Wendy Williams

Associate Professor and Academic Chair, Transnational Threats & Counterterrorism
Areas of Expertise: Counterterrorism, Countering Extremism, Irregular Warfare, Identity Conflict, Democratization, Regional and International Security Cooperation, Sahel, North Africa, Horn of Africa, Algeria

A Medley of Armed Groups Play on Congo’s Crisis

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on September 25, 2017

The DRC’s political crisis has galvanized and revived many of the estimated 70 armed groups currently active in the country, making the nexus between political and sectarian violence by armed militias a key feature of the DRC’s political instability.

Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment

Recommended research   published by UN Development Program on September 7, 2017

Based on extensive field research and interviews with youth across the continent. This report examines the drivers for youth to join extremist groups in Africa. UNDP found that isolation, lack of exposure to other religions and perspectives, lack of access to education, economic inequality and unemployment, the inability to participate in civic life, and poor relations with the security sector (including human rights abuses), all contribute to a young person joining an extremist group. The report recommends better connecting human rights priorities to security assistance in counterterrorism, increasing the legitimacy of governments through improved accountability and equitable governance, connecting efforts to prevent violent extremism to sustainable development, and coordinating responses to violent extremism at the national, regional and international levels.

Angola: Real Change, or Just Old Wine in New Wineskins?

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

Angola’s new administration will face a myriad of challenges that cannot be resolved without reforms. Is there a chance for change or just more of the same?

Alix Boucher

Assistant Research Fellow
Areas of Expertise: Peace operations, stability operations, security sector reform, UN sanctions, UN expert panels, countering violent extremism, counterterrorism, West Africa, Central Africa, and the Sahel Africa.

Human Rights Key to Security: A Conversation with Ibrahim Wani

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

Despite historical distrust between security and human rights communities, these objectives are in fact complementary to attain sustainable security, says a distinguished human rights expert.

South Africa’s Democracy Is Put to the Test

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on May 23, 2017

Few African countries have the same depth of institutional checks and balances as South Africa. Yet, these institutions have been put to the test by President Jacob Zuma's efforts to expand executive privilege. How are South Africa's accountability structures faring?