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Shoring Up Stability: Addressing Climate and Fragility Risks in the Lake Chad Region

Recommended research   published by Janani Vivekananda, Martin Wall, Florence Sylvestre, Chitra Nagarajan, Adelphi on May 31, 2019

This climate-fragility risk assessment identifies the key drivers for future conflict drawing on hydrological data, satellite observations, and interviews across Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger. Dramatic changes in temperature and growing population density have added strain to the areas surrounding Lake Chad. Clearer land rights that allow farmers, fishermen, and pastoralists to use the same land would improve efficiency and reduce the risk of exacerbating conflict.

The Testing of Benin’s Democracy

Spotlight   published by Mark Duerksen on May 29, 2019

Benin’s recent no-contest legislative elections are an attempt to consolidate executive power at the expense of democratic gains.

Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal: Political Violence Targeting Women

Recommended research   published by Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) on May 28, 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.

Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar

Program Materials  

Program materials for the Africa Center's 2019 program, “National Security Strategy Development Workshop: Central and Southern Africa.” Click here for syllabus, readings, and presentation slides.

Heart of Africa’s Organised Crime: Land, Property and Urbanization

Recommended research   published by Eric Scheye, ENACT Policy Brief on May 9, 2019

Africa’s largest organized criminal activity is in land allocation, real estate, and property development, particularly in urban areas. Africa’s urban population is projected to double by 2035 and half of all Africans will live in urban areas. To minimize vulnerability to the corruption and crime that hinder citizen-centered urban development, enhancing transparency and engagement, such as issuing occupancy certificates to residents in informal settlements and engaging neighborhood organizations in local mapping exercises will be necessary.

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 African Union Wavers between Reform and More of the Same

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on April 19, 2019

The African Union will need to overcome a lack of political will and address structural challenges if it is to be effective in responding to security crises on the continent, consistent with its founding mission.