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East Africa’s Insecurity in Context

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Eastern Africa

Despite the combined efforts of numerous outside actors, East Africa remains in the grip of intrastate conflict, state failure and humanitarian disasters. Why is this so? Is it because of resource scarcity and extreme poverty? And if so, is the region capable of developing ‘local’ solutions to address these problems? To answer these questions, we begin this week by looking at the regional security dynamics of the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region. We then consider how the region has attempted to coordinate its security agenda and policies, although while trying to do so it continues to face two major problems – access to water and food.

The Horn of Africa Security Complex

09 Sep 2013 / Article

Why has the Horn of Africa acquired the status of ‘the most conflict-ridden region in the world’? To answer this question, Berouk Mesfin calls upon Barry Buzan’s ‘security complex’ theory – a conceptual framework that he thinks fits the Horn of Africa ‘like a glove’. More on «The Horn of Africa Security Complex »

Security and Conflict in the Great Lakes Region

10 Sep 2013 / Special Feature

Like the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region has also become synonymous with conflict and state failure. Today, Nelson Alusala and Shaantanu Shankar trace the historical antecedents of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the ongoing border dispute between Malawi and Tanzania. More on «Security and Conflict in the Great Lakes Region»

East Africa’s Fragmented Security Cooperation

11 Sep 2013 / Article

Since the 1990s, East Africa has developed what appears to be an impressive security architecture. Katja Lindskov Jacobsen and Johannes Riber Nordby warn, however, that appearances can be deceptive. The region’s security institutions remain too nationalistic and self-interested for their own good. More on «East Africa’s Fragmented Security Cooperation»

From Mistrust and Sabre Rattling to Rapprochement

12 Sep 2013 / Article

According to Kidan Kiros Bitsue, striking a deal over the fair use of the Nile River and its resources has been frustrated by the mutual mistrust of riparian states. Today, he explains why it is so difficult to get them to cooperate and offers his recommendations on how to move the process forward. More on «From Mistrust and Sabre Rattling to Rapprochement »

Resilience, Crisis and Food Security

23 May 2012 / Video

Competition over natural resources is not the only source of conflict in East Africa. In today’s video presentation, Amer Daoudi and others explain why natural and man-made disasters are also a major source of food insecurity across the region. More on «Resilience, Crisis and Food Security»

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