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Why Justice Matters for Security

Spotlight   published by Godfrey Musila on April 20, 2018

Security encompasses much more than the deployment of armed forces. Effective judicial and quasi-judicial institutions serve as an important means of defusing societal conflicts and provide a check on a state's use of coercive force.

The Many Layers of the Ethiopia Crisis

Spotlight   published by Mohammed Ademo on March 20, 2018

Protests in Ethiopia are the culmination of a long-simmering series of grievances and demands for greater freedom, equity, and opportunity.

The G5 Sahel Joint Force Gains Traction

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on February 9, 2018

The G5 Sahel is ramping up its joint security force in order to address the growing threat posed by militant Islamist groups in the Sahel. The Force is emerging as a focal point for transnational security efforts in the region.

Humanitarian Costs of South Sudan Conflict Continue to Escalate

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on January 29, 2018

Now in its fifth year, South Sudan’s current conflict has displaced 4.5 million people—the same number of southern Sudanese displaced during the entire three-decade Sudan civil war.

South Sudan Conflict Drives Massive Population Movement

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on October 31, 2017

Mass atrocities, including unlawful killings, rape, torture, and destruction of property, have caused one in three people in South Sudan to flee their homes.

Wendy Williams

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Associate Research Fellow. Areas of Expertise: Forced displacement and migration; violent extremist organizations; international human rights and humanitarian law.

Legal Reforms Aim to Prevent Electoral Violence in Kenya

Spotlight   published by Godfrey Musila on July 26, 2017

Soul searching triggered by Kenya’s 2007–08 electoral violence galvanized legal reforms aimed at mitigating future violence. Would they be effective in the August elections?

UN Commission Calls for Investigation into South Sudan Violations

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 14, 2017

Ethnically based violence, rape, and hate speech attributed to the government warrant investigation, according to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

Refugee Flows Show Burundi Crisis Worsening

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 13, 2017

Two years after Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to pursue a contested third term as President, the Burundi crisis continues to worsen. Despite claims by the government that the situation has normalized, facts on the ground suggest otherwise.

Intrastate Conflicts Fuel Refugee Movements

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on June 20, 2016

The vast majority of African refugees are hosted by neighboring countries, highlighting the regional costs of conflict and political instability.

The Political and Security Crises in Burundi

Spotlight   published by Joseph Siegle on December 10, 2015

Africa Center Research Director Joseph Siegle testifies on the political and security crises in Burundi before U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy.