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1 May 2015
The Egyptian Armed Forces and the Remaking of an Economic Empire
According to Shana Marshall, the Egyptian military has gained unprecedented power since overseeing the ouster of two Egyptian presidents. Political overreach and internal rivalries, however, might still prevent the military from consolidating its grip on the levers of power.
on «The Egyptian Armed Forces and the Remaking of an Economic Empire»
27 Apr 2015
Why Peace Negotiations in Mali Will Not Succeed
Ever since Azawad rebels rejected a UN-brokered deal in March, the peace process in Mali has gone nowhere. Restarting it isn’t the only problem, though. As Sofia Sebastian sees it, true peace won’t come to the country until the links between rebel groups and transnational criminal networks are effectively broken.
on «Why Peace Negotiations in Mali Will Not Succeed»
24 Feb 2015
Maritime Security in Africa: Potential for the Private Sector?
Dirk Siebels thinks that the private sector should contribute further to Africa’s maritime security. As he sees it, private maritime security companies (PMSCs) can help close short-term capability gaps, thereby allowing African countries to develop their own abilities over time.
on «Maritime Security in Africa: Potential for the Private Sector?»
9 Feb 2015
The South Sudanese Conflict and the Pirates of the Nile
The UN and other aid agencies are planning to send more food and equipment to South Sudan along the Nile River. Paul Pryce warns, however, that this might be accompanied by a rise in pirate attacks, a problem that the region’s armed and security forces are ill-equipped to deal with.
on «The South Sudanese Conflict and the Pirates of the Nile»
14 Jan 2015
The Forgotten Chokepoint: The Mozambique Channel’s Rich Past and Bright but Insecure Future
Do the world’s energy users have a vested interest in the long-term security of the Mozambique Channel? Louis Bergeron believes so. Ensuring free passage in this increasingly important energy supply route will require a proactive multinational effort sooner than later.
on «The Forgotten Chokepoint: The Mozambique Channel’s Rich Past and Bright but Insecure Future»
8 Dec 2014
Nigeria’s Dangerous 2015 Elections: Limiting the Violence
What steps should Nigeria’s leaders take to reduce the risk of pre-election violence up through early next year? Our partners at the ICG have their recommendations – contain the threat posed by Boko Haram, make sure that political parties don’t play the ‘religious card’ and more.
on «Nigeria’s Dangerous 2015 Elections: Limiting the Violence»
28 Jul 2014
The Evolving Drug Trade in Guinea-Bissau and West Africa
Has Guinea-Bissau become Africa's first narco-state or is it actually losing its importance as a transshipment center? For Davin O'Regan, such an either-or question is too local. Drug trafficking, if it is to be analyzed properly, must be treated as a regional rather than national-level phenomenon.
on «The Evolving Drug Trade in Guinea-Bissau and West Africa»
18 Jul 2014
Troubled Waters? The Use of Nigerian Navy and Police in Private Maritime Security Roles
What explains the growing involvement of Nigeria’s navy and police forces in private maritime security activities, specifically off the West African coast? Dirk Steffen believes it boils down to the patchy way the country’s laws are being maintained in its territorial waters.
on «Troubled Waters? The Use of Nigerian Navy and Police in Private Maritime Security Roles»
8 Jul 2014
Religious Violence and the Cultural Alienation of North African Youth
How can North African states make religious intolerance and violence less attractive to their youth? In addition to promoting moderate religious and secular philosophies, Eden Almasude believes they need to spread values that are rooted in indigenous rather than Arab culture.
on «Religious Violence and the Cultural Alienation of North African Youth»
14 May 2014
Inter-Tribal Clashes in Southern Libya: A Factor of Local and National Instability
Different tribes continue to vie for power and influence across southern Libya, writes Riccardo Dugulin. Not only are the tensions there undermining the country’s public administration and ability to exploit natural resources, they also highlight the army’s inability to control vast tracts of Libyan territory.
on «Inter-Tribal Clashes in Southern Libya: A Factor of Local and National Instability»
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