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Five Issues to Watch as Zimbabwe’s Transition Unfolds

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on November 16, 2017

With the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe enters a new political era—one without the only leader the country has known since independence in 1980. Here are five strategic considerations to follow.

Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar

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Program materials for the Africa Center's 2017 Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar. Click here for syllabus, bios, readings, and slides.

Angola: Real Change, or Just Old Wine in New Wineskins?

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on August 23, 2017

Angola’s new administration will face a myriad of challenges that cannot be resolved without reforms. Is there a chance for change or just more of the same?

Dr. Shannon Smith

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Professor of Practice and Director of Engagement. Areas of Expertise: East Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, peacekeeping, global health and development policy, U.S.-Africa policy, and the role of Congress in foreign relations.

Human Rights Key to Security: A Conversation with Ibrahim Wani

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on June 23, 2017

Despite historical distrust between security and human rights communities, these objectives are in fact complementary to attain sustainable security, says a distinguished human rights expert.

Burundi Refugee Flows Continue to Increase

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on June 19, 2017

Instability in Burundi continues to worsen, with the flow of refugees and displaced people showing no signs of abating. The number of registered refugees has risen 60 percent in the last year—to 423,056—escalating the political and economic costs for all of Burundi's neighbors.

Criminality in Africa’s Fishing Industry: A Threat to Human Security

Africa Security Brief No. 33   published by André Standing on June 6, 2017

Conflicts of interest within Africa's fisheries sector enable unsustainable exploitation by foreign fishing firms and undercut the political will needed to build more robust surveillance and prosecutorial capacity.

Wisdom from Africa on Ethical Leadership

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on May 9, 2017

Examples from Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania offer lessons of how ethical leadership is central to maintaining public trust in the security sector and ultimately preserving stability and peace.

The Afghan Opiate Trade and Africa: A Baseline Assessment

Recommended research   published by UNODC on December 31, 2016

This report from UNODC’s Afghan Opiate Trade Project, provides a baseline assessment of the Afghan opiates trade in Africa. It describes the key routes out of Afghanistan, through Eastern and Southern Africa and then West Africa and finally to markets in North America and Europe. Large ungoverned spaces make it difficult to fully assess the scope of the Afghan opiate trade and its impact on economies, governments, and people. African governments need to improve their capacity to track this trade, examining potential links between opiate traffickers and other forms of organized crime or insurgent and violent extremist groups. They also require assistance in determining the public health impact of this trade on their populations.

The Role of Civil Society in Averting Instability in the DRC

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on November 15, 2016

Part 3. The DRC’s nascent institutional checks and balances are too weak to curb executive overreach. And when state institutions are compromised, reform must come from the outside.