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Understanding Cameroon’s Crisis of Governance

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on December 11, 2017

Cameroon's two-year-old national crisis threatens the country's very foundations, says scholar Christopher Fomunyoh. In this video, Fomunyoh discusses the nature and causes of the grievances that brought this crisis to a head, as well as recommendations for addressing them.

Governance, Accountability, and Security in Nigeria

Africa Security Brief No. 31   published by Oluwakemi Okenyodo on June 21, 2016

Most of Nigeria's security threats require security forces—especially police—that are well-governed, respected, and have effective oversight mechanisms.

Fundamental Security Challenges Nigeria Must Face, Part 8: Governance

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on June 11, 2015

A common theme for virtually all of Nigeria’s security challenges is poor governance. Until the Nigerian government earns the confidence and trust of its citizens, any security gains realized will not be sustained.

Democracy and the Chain of Command: A New Governance of Africa’s Security Sector

Africa Security Brief No. 8   published by Dominique Djindjéré on November 30, 2010

Download this Security Brief as a PDF: English | Français | Português As many African countries continue down the path of democratic reform, Africa’s defense and security forces must make fundamental changes to adapt to a democratic model of governance. In this paper, General Dominique Djindjéré puts forward five priority reforms Africa’s defense and security... Continue Reading

Security-Development-Governance Nexus


This project examines strategic-level implications of the mutually-reinforcing relationship between economic development prospects and persistent insecurity in Africa’s fragile states.

Security Governance Initiative


The Africa Center supports the Security Governance Initiative through expert advice to interagency assessment teams, input into Joint Country Action Plans, and execution of engagements to support select focus areas for each SGI country relevant to the Africa Center's core expertise.

Niger Coup Reversing Hard-Earned Gains

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 13, 2024

After noteworthy gains in the previous decade under democratically elected governments, the derailing of Niger’s constitutional order by the military coup in July 2023 has resulted in a deterioration in security, economic wellbeing, and agency for Nigerien citizens.

Togo Revises Constitution to Eliminate Term Limits: An Explainer

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on April 23, 2024

The ruling party’s revision of the Togolese Constitution eliminates universal suffrage for the presidency while effectively shifting to a parliamentary system that evades presidential term limits.

China’s Strategy to Shape Africa’s Media Space

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on April 16, 2024

China’s ruling party is leveraging its funding of African media outlets, content sharing, and training of African journalists to advance Chinese narratives, policies, and norms on the continent.