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Africa’s Interests in Strengthening the United Nations System

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on August 14, 2023

African countries have played an overlooked role shaping the UN international system, remain committed to preserving and improving it, and oppose efforts to destabilize, dismantle, or overturn it.

African Militant Islamist Group-Linked Fatalities at All-Time High

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on July 31, 2023

A 50-percent spike in fatalities tied to militant Islamist groups in the Sahel and Somalia over the past year has eclipsed the previous high in 2015 when Boko Haram was at its most lethal phase.

Using Africa as a Stage at the Russia–Africa Summit

Spotlight   published by Joseph Siegle on July 21, 2023

The Russia-Africa Summit provides a stage for Russia to elevate its geostrategic posture despite the instability its irregular tactics are creating in Africa.

It’s Business as Usual for Wagner Group in Africa, despite Russian Turbulence

In the wake of the recent short-lived mutiny, Putin faces a dilemma: He can allow the Wagner escapades to continue in Africa unhindered—thereby generating further influence and some resources for the government—or he can attempt to take over these operations but lose the influence and benefits Wagner brings the Kremlin.

Sudan Conflict Straining Fragility of Its Neighbors

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 2, 2023

The conflict between Sudan’s rival military factions is triggering massive population displacements that are stressing the region’s already fragile coping systems. More than 7.1 million people have been internally displaced and almost 2.1 million have fled the country since April 15, 2023.

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.

The Persistence of Cults of Personality in African Governance

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 14, 2023

African leaders who hold power indefinitely often employ cults of personality to consolidate power, demand personal fealty, and systematically undermine independent governance institutions.