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Lessons from Burundi’s Security Sector Reform Process

Africa Security Brief No. 29   published by Nicole Ball on November 30, 2014

Burundi’s SSD program proactively addresses the politics of reform at the policy and operational levels, and can inform other African SSR initiatives.

Corruption and International Threats

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on October 1, 2014

ACSS hosted a public event on September 30, 2014, “Peacekeeping and Corruption: Taking Stock and Best Practices,” marking the release of Transparency International-UK’s handbook (Corruption Threats and International Missions: Practical Guidance for Leaders). The dialogue highlighted the undermining effect that corruption has on the effectiveness of peace support operations and the importance of making countering... Continue Reading

Assessing Drivers of Violent Conflict in Africa

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on September 23, 2014

Speaking at the start of a four-day seminar titled, “Africa’s Contemporary Security Challenges” hosted by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Dr. Paul Williams, an Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Security Policy Studies Program at George Washington University delivered a far-reaching overview of key drivers of violent conflict in Africa. The... Continue Reading

A Message for the US-African Leaders’ Summit: Do Not Forget the Youth

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on August 4, 2014

The youth bulge, combined with high levels of unemployment, corruption, inequity, and disaffection with government represent an expanding recruitment pool for a wide range of extremist groups, urban gangs and other destabilizing actors. Yet, if channeled toward productive outlets such as trade schools, entrepreneurship, community leadership and reform campaigns, African youth can be a dynamic... Continue Reading

African Experts Discuss the Continent’s Security Issues Ahead of the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on August 1, 2014

The increasingly asymmetric and multidimensional nature of threats facing the continent are at the heart of security concerns in Africa and make the evolving security environment on the continent radically different from what is was a decade ago. Many of these security threats stem from weak and unaccountable governance and the lack of political will... Continue Reading

Expert to African Leaders: Do Not Ignore the Maritime Domain

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on August 1, 2014

“Maritime security is an integral part of a nation’s overall economic performance,” maritime security expert Loïc Moudouma said in a seminar held at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He was speaking to a gathering of senior U.S. officials, academics and researchers and members of the African diplomatic corps. The seminar, titled “Africa’s Security and... Continue Reading

Africa Center Dean Discusses Natural Resources and Security in Africa

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on July 8, 2014

Although robust endowments of natural resources could be a boon for many African states, the extractive industries can also fuel insecurity and instability, especially in environments characterized by weak governance and inter-communal tensions, according to Raymond Gilpin, Dean of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Dr. Gilpin discussed the linkages between extractive industries and security... Continue Reading

Democracy Vital for Security & Stability, Must Build on African Knowledge, Experts Say

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Much of the debate about democracy in Africa focuses on the foreign, mostly Western origins of the concept and how it shapes Western, including American policies toward the continent, according to African and U.S. scholars. Little attention has been given to the concept’s African roots as well as the experiences, governance practices... Continue Reading

Quality of Leadership Vital for Strategic Decision-Making, U.S. and African Generals Say

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on June 11, 2014

The preparation of leaders for higher policy and command responsibilities at the strategic decision-making as well as operational levels is a major requirement for success in the effective and sound management of state affairs and strategic policy, a panel of international officials said at the Africa Center’s Senior Leaders Seminar on June 9, 2014. The... Continue Reading

Officials From Over 30 African Nations Gather for 16th Annual Senior Leaders Seminar in Washington

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — A high-level seminar for senior military and civilian leaders opened June 9, 2014 as the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) began its two-week flagship program, the Senior Leaders Seminar, at National Defense University in the U.S. capital. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Africa Center, which conducted its first... Continue Reading

Supporting Peaceful Social, Political, Cultural and Economic Change in Mali

Recommended research   published by Laura Davis, International Alert on May 31, 2014

A broad swath of Malians were surveyed to help uncover the source of the country’s governance and security crisis experienced in 2012. A key takeaway was that the current system of political interaction is dysfunctional. To promote an integrated peace and development agenda, institutional reform must involve more diverse local actors, particularly women and young... Continue Reading

‘Resetting US-Africa Relations’ – ACSS International Chapter Meets with Pentagon Deputy for African Affairs

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on April 24, 2014

The Africa Center’s International Alumni Chapter, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, recently met with Ms. Amanda Dory, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs, for an exchange of views on African peace and security and U.S.–Africa defense relations. The meeting, facilitated by the Africa Center’s Addis Ababa–based Regional Office for East Africa in... Continue Reading