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Delivering on Nigerians’ Demands for Security

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on June 5, 2023

To reverse Nigeria’s deteriorating security environment, experts urge the Tinubu administration to surge security forces in identified hotspots while prioritizing civilian harm reduction, improving accountability of the security sector, and rebuilding trust.

Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar

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This three-week, in-person seminar is designed to facilitate participants’ engagement in interdisciplinary peer learning about strategic and adaptive leadership and its implications for the effective management of African security challenges.

Lessons from South Africa for Holding Leaders Accountable

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on April 18, 2023

South Africa’s layered oversight processes afford an institutionalized means of holding senior leaders accountable for allegations of misconduct—and offer insights for upholding the rule of law elsewhere.

Managing Security Resources in Africa

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An academic program for West African parliamentarians, their staff, and select defense and security officials to analyze current trends, challenges, and innovations in the work of legislatures to foster democratic and civilian control of the security sector.

Reclaiming Al Shabaab’s Revenue

Spotlight   published by Wendy Williams on March 27, 2023

Cutting off al Shabaab’s estimated $100 million in extortion-generated annual revenue will require restoring the integrity of Somalia’s compromised financial, judicial, and intelligence agencies.

Taking Stock of the Surge in Militant Islamist Violence in Africa

Spotlight   published by Joseph Siegle and Wendy Williams on March 7, 2023

The spike in militant Islamist group violence in Africa has been marked by a 68-percent increase in fatalities involving civilians, highlighting the need for more population-centric stabilization strategies.

Journey to Extremism in Africa: Pathways to Recruitment and Disengagement

Recommended research   published by UNDP on February 20, 2023

Security-driven responses to violent extremism ignore what drives individuals toward extremist groups and what leads to disengagement. Poverty, inequality, high unemployment levels, illiteracy, ethnic divisions, and poor governance—particularly human-rights abuses perpetrated by government security forces—tip individuals toward extremist groups.

West African Parliamentarians Forum 2023

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An academic program for West African parliamentarians, their staff, and select defense and security officials to analyze current trends, challenges, and innovations in the work of legislatures to foster democratic and civilian control of the security sector.