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Securing Legitimate Stability in CAR: External Assumptions and Local Perspectives

Recommended research   published by Tim Glawion, Jair van der Lijn, and Nikki de Zwaan, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, September 2019. on September 30, 2019

Researchers interviewed MINUSCA officials and more than 200 residents of four areas of the Central African Republic. Each locality provided a snapshot of residents’ impressions of the UN mission, the role of the state in providing security, the legitimacy of rebel groups and militias, and a lasting solution for peace. Respondents from unstable areas where UN peacekeepers are present wish to see MINUSCA exit and allow state armed forces to provide security. The vast majority of interviewees condemned the rebels—as well as anti-balaka forces—who they cite as the source of local instability. Little alignment exists between the framework of the Khartoum Agreement and citizens’ desires.

Africa’s Contemporary Security Challenges

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September 10-12, 2019 Washington, D.C. Syllabus | Program Schedule Overview of the Africa Center Presented by: Dr. Raymond Gilpin (slides) Required Reading: Website: www.africacenter.org Plenary 1: Conflict Trends in Africa Presented by: Dr. Paul D. Williams (slides) Dr. Catherine Lena Kelly (slides | video) Recommended readings: Ingrid Vik Bakken and Siri Aas Rustad, “Conflict Trends in Africa,... Continue Reading

Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal: Political Violence Targeting Women

Recommended research   published by Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, Melissa Pavlik, and Hilary Matfess, Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project on May 31, 2019

This dataset allows researchers to track sexual gender-based violence as well as political violence targeting women, such as demonstrations predominantly featuring women. Since 1998, political violence targeting women is on the rise around the globe. Sexual violence is the leading type of violence against women in Africa, accounting for 42% of all violence targeting African women.

Recommended US Response to Russian Activities in Africa

This article originally appeared as a chapter in “Russia Strategic Intentions White Paper,” Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) publication series, NSI, May 2019. Abstract Russia has significantly expanded its engagements in Africa in recent years in response to perceived opportunities to access natural resources, expand weapons sales, and elevate its geopolitical posture in a region with... Continue Reading

General Lamine Cissé – Military Leader, Diplomat, Role Model

The Africa Center mourns the passing of General Lamine Cissé, a champion for peace and security in Africa, capable military institutions, and ethical leadership. Tributes for General Lamine Cissé have been pouring in from around the world following his death on April 19 in Dakar at the age of 80 years. “He was a man... Continue Reading

The Ever-Adaptive Allied Democratic Forces Insurgency

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on February 8, 2019

The ADF, one of the least understood militant groups in the Great Lakes, has endured for over 20 years by instrumentalizing Islamist, ethnic, and secessionist ideologies to recruit and forge new alliances.

Q&A: External Actors Shift the Landscape in Africa

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on November 28, 2018

External actors have sought to expand their security partnerships in Africa in recent years. The Africa Center spoke with Judd Devermont, Director of the CSIS Africa Program, about the trends and complexities of these relationships.

Africa’s Contemporary Security Challenges

Program Materials  

Program materials for the Africa Center's 2018 Africa's Contemporary Security Challenges Workshop. Click here for syllabus, readings, presentation slides, and links to videos.

Africa Center Alumnus Gen. Lamine Cissé Honored

The town of Sokone, Senegal, has named a street after General (ret.) Lamine Cissé to honor the esteemed Africa Center alumnus. Regarded as one the Senegal’s most admired and dedicated leaders, General Cissé is the President of the Africa Center’s Alumni Chapter in Senegal. “General Cisse is one of the first military leaders to advocate... Continue Reading