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African Parliamentarians Forum 2022: Pathways to Democratic Security Governance

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A virtual academic program for African parliamentarians and their staff to analyze current trends, challenges, and innovations in the work of legislatures to foster democratic and civilian control of security sectors across the continent. Tools and techniques to bolster parliamentary oversight, accountability, and outreach efforts on defense and security are discussed throughout.

Why Does Rule of Law Matter for Security Sector Effectiveness in Africa?

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This webinar addresses the strategic interests that African security sector leaders have to make rule of law part of their plans, projects, and day-to-day work, both within security sector institutions and vis-à-vis the populations they serve. It discusses several core elements of rule of law to clarify what it is in principle and as a process. It examines how integrating rule of law into efforts to counter security threats—whether from violent extremism, conflict, and transnational organized crime, and across land, maritime, and cyber domains—can enhance the security sector’s effectiveness in the long run.

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at 21: Where to Next?

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on September 3, 2021

African countries can negotiate a more equitable role in FOCAC, but this requires a more strategically focused approach, better coordination, and greater accountability to their citizens.

Tunisia’s Evolving Counterterrorism Strategy

Spotlight   published by Anouar Boukhars on July 16, 2021

To build on its commendable counterterrorism progress, Tunisia needs to elevate its prevention efforts and strengthen oversight mechanisms to prevent abuses by its security forces.

Chad’s Ongoing Instability, the Legacy of Idriss Déby

Spotlight   published by Daniel Eizenga on May 3, 2021

Idriss Déby’s death is an outcome of the ongoing instability perpetuated by his regime. The subsequent military coup d’état led by the late president’s son risks deepening political violence in this geographically strategic country.

The Battle for the Soul of Uganda

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on December 8, 2020

A new generation of Ugandans demanding more political inclusion is challenging the NRM old-guard’s monopoly on power, highlighting widely differing visions of the country’s future surrounding the January 2021 elections.

#EndSARS Demands Nigerian Police Reform

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on November 10, 2020

Nigeria’s largest protests in a generation are calling for police and governance reforms—and expose long-delayed initiatives to enhance professionalism and oversight of Nigeria’s police.

Six Issues Shaping Côte d’Ivoire’s Presidential Election

Spotlight   published by Alix Boucher on October 20, 2020

Despite commendable progress over the past decade, continued social and political polarization in Côte d’Ivoire could lead to another bout of instability in a country long known as an anchor in West Africa.

A Light in Libya’s Fog of Disinformation

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on October 9, 2020

Divisions within Libya’s civil war have been amplified by foreign-sponsored disinformation campaigns. Reconciliation and peacebuilding will require local actors to reclaim Libya’s digital spaces.

Post-Nkurunziza Burundi: The Rise of the Generals

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on June 22, 2020

In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza's sudden death has exposed power struggles within the ruling party and the ascendancy of the military.

Understanding Fulani Perspectives on the Sahel Crisis

Spotlight   published by Modibo Ghaly Cissé on April 22, 2020

The disproportionate representation of Fulani in militant Islamist groups in the Sahel has led to the stigmatization of the entire Fulani community. Reversing this will require renewed outreach and trust-building between Fulani leaders, government authorities, and neighboring communities.

Five Issues to Watch in Togo’s Presidential Election

Spotlight   published by Alix Boucher on February 14, 2020

Popular demand to end the 50-year rule of the Gnassingbé family puts the spotlight on Togo’s authoritarian practices and ECOWAS’s vow to uphold democratic norms.