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From global jihad to local insurgencies: the changing nature of Sub-Saharan...

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For more than a decade the Islamist insurgency in Sub-Saharan Africa has seemed unstoppable. 2022 saw another uptick in jihadist violence across the continent. Fatalities...

Wagner Group is now Africa Corps – what this means for...

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In August 2023, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin died after his private jet crashed about an hour after taking off in Moscow. He had...

The world is entering an era of instability – IISS

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The world has entered a more dangerous period in the last twelve months, with increased tensions and conflict reshaping the global defence-industrial landscape, according...

Guterres looks back on challenging year for UN peacekeeping

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Reviewing 2023 peacekeeping operations, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said 88 000 peacekeepers from 125 countries served in 12 missions worldwide in the...

Africa needs a stronger voice on resolving the Red Sea crisis

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The Red Sea crisis is now a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) priority, with three meetings held this year already. Following several months of...

Scramble for the Sahel – why France, Russia, China and the...

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The Sahel, a region 3,860km wide located south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the African continent, has been a focus of...

African air forces grappling with aircraft maintenance

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The South African Air Force is one of the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its fighter jet fleet is among the most advanced overall on...

Young Africans could disrupt authoritarian states but they don’t – here’s...

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Africa has the world’s largest youth population. By 2030, 75% of the African population will be under the age of 35. The number of...

Spanish university research shows Africa leads in armed conflict

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A comprehensive report on conflict has it there were 33 conflicts globally in 2022, with Africa leading other parts of the world by a...

“Climate of division” affecting UN African peacekeeping

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United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in sub-Saharan Africa operate under more challenging political and security conditions due to multiple crises and what Head of...

Global Coalition unyielding against ISIS expansion in Africa – US Envoy

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The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS has agreed to enhance African member states’ counter-ISIS capabilities as it commits to defeat ISIS affiliates in Africa. Global...

Democracy builds resilience against organised crime – GITOC

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Resilience against organised crime is created by democracy and its institutions, whilst armed conflict feeds greater levels of criminality in Africa, the newly-released ENACT...

Drones as weapons: Africa needs better data to anticipate risk

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In October this year, Africa’s air force chiefs of staff and air force industry representatives gathered in Senegal. They agreed the continent urgently needed...

Asymmetric warfare in Africa’s hot spots favours smaller COIN aircraft over...

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Modern fighter jets are marvels of power and complexity. They are also stunningly expensive. The current generation of fighter jets start at about $100...

Some African governments are spending millions to spy on their citizens

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Governments around the world use surveillance technology to monitor external threats to national security. Some African governments are also spending vast sums on mass...

Experts warn of security vacuum in wake of exiting peacekeepers

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Peacekeepers are on the move across Africa. But rather than rushing in to quell violence, they are withdrawing from some of the continent’s worst...

Coastal waters turning into ‘world’s biggest transnational crime scene’

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Africa’s coastal nations are fighting a rising tide of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, piracy, and drug smuggling. A recent report by the Institute...

African countries are investing in air power, embracing cooperation

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For most of post-independence history, air forces in Africa were not a priority. Expensive and difficult to maintain, air power was seen as a...

African countries examine ways to meet the continent’s strategic airlift needs

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As South Sudanese peacekeepers walked off a Kenya Air Force C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), they...

Africa’s three waves of coups

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Generalising about the 100 coups in post-independence Africa is difficult, but common primary drivers can be discerned. The toppling of King Farouk in 1952 by...

The dizzying possibilities of drones in Africa

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Nigeria deploys drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at border crossings to increase security along its porous frontier and to identify potential threats while...

Africa isn’t ready for a withdrawal of peacekeepers

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Peacekeeping operations have played a crucial role in stabilising fragile situations across Africa for over 60 years. More than 13 United Nations (UN)-led missions...

Africa’s ocean of organised crime

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The ocean is central to global illicit trade. Criminal networks plunder marine resources, scour shipping lanes for vessels to hijack, and traverse coastal state...

Africa can end its rash of military coups

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Military coups were common in Africa during the Cold War, and now seem to be returning. Between January 2020 and August 2023, there were...

Pentagon Chief focusing on regional security on visits to Djibouti, Kenya,...

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United States Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin III, has started his official travel to Dibouti, Kenya, and Angola on the heels of the...

“Concrete action” needed to silence the guns in Africa

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The need for “concrete action” to end conflict in Africa was raised during an African Union (AU) workshop on “Silencing the Guns” with one...

Russia in Africa: Prigozhin’s death exposes Putin’s real motives on the...

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The apparent assassination of Yevgeny Prigozhin in the crash of his private jet between Moscow and St. Petersburg represents an inflection point in Russian-African...

Guterres decries African coups

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A succession of military coups across Africa emphasise the need for durable democratic governance and the rule of law United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio...

Niger’s coup weakens regional fight against Boko Haram: four reasons why

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Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum was detained and deposed on 26 July by his military guard under the command of General Abdourahamane Tchiani. The unconstitutional change...

Africa cyber threats exposed

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That digital insecurity and cyber threats in Africa are real was forcibly brought to light by a joint Interpol/Afripol operation across 25 of the...

MONUSCO digital army fighting mis- and disinformation

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Four United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in Africa are actively preventing disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining mission credibility. The four are MONUSCO in Democratic Republic...

Exclusive: Viktor Bout still has his eye on Africa

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After spending more than a decade in prison following his conviction in the United States, Viktor Bout is once again a free man in...

Civilian support for military coups is rising in parts of Africa:...

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On the night of 13 January 1963, Togo’s President Sylvanus Olympio was shot dead by rebels in the first military coup staged in Africa....

ISS: Why aren’t more African Union decisions on security implemented?

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Africa is contending with growing threats of violent extremism, entrenched localised conflicts that intersect with organised crime, coups and democratic backsliding. The African Union...

African-led peace operations: A crucial tool for peace and security

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African-led peace operations have been vital tools for managing Africa’s complex array of security challenges, though continued reform is needed to intervene more decisively...

Military coups in Africa: here’s what determines a return to civilian...

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Slightly more than two years after Niger’s first peaceful handover of power from one civilian president to another, the military seized power in July...

ISS: New Agenda for Peace – a reckoning for Africa on...

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Conflict in Africa appears to be resurging owing to a cocktail of threats including terrorism, authoritarianism and coups, most recently in Niger, Burkina Faso,...

ISS: From Russia, with little to show for it

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Russian President Vladimir Putin was hoping for a record turnout of African leaders at the second Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg last week to...

Russia highlights arms contracts and defence industry cooperation with Africa

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Coinciding with the Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg last week, Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation has highlighted the joint projects and weapons sales...

UN official: Africa is ‘key battleground for terrorism’

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Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack that killed six civilians and three Soldiers at the Pearl Beach Hotel restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, in early...

What should SA, at the least, be saying about the Wagner...

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The goals of South African foreign policy in Africa are stability, peace and growth. If Africa does well, South Africa should do well. South Africa...

ISS: Prigozhin’s rebellion throws Wagner’s African future into doubt

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The brazen but brief rebellion that Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin launched in Russia at the weekend, and the deal he cut with Russian President...

Wagner debacle in Russia raises red flags for African states and...

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The brief rebellion led against the Kremlin by the head of the Wagner mercenary forces in Russia last week sent shock waves across the...

Wagner group mercenaries in Africa: why there hasn’t been any effective...

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It is easy to understand what African rulers see in the mercenary group Wagner. Its fighters can be deployed quickly. It brings sophisticated arms...

Special mention for Wagner Group in SIPRI conflict report

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Last year saw more multilateral peace operations conducted than in any year during the previous decade research by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute...

Why are military coups returning to Africa?

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Coup attempts were frequent in Africa in the post-independence and Cold War periods. By comparison, the past 20 or so years have been quiet. From...

MNJTF sees Boko Haram’s defeat on the horizon

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With the handover of command of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), leaders hope to continue the momentum against the extremist group Boko Haram....

China’s policing models make inroads in Africa

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China’s expanded police engagements in Africa could have potentially far-reaching consequences for African security governance. Ugandan Special Forces and over 30 Chinese commandos conducted a...

Almost 10 000 African police officers trained by the US in...

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Thousands of African police officers have received help from counterterrorism training provided by the United States Bureau of Counterterrorism and the US Diplomatic Security...

Africa’s oceans are being protected to serve the interests of big...

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Africa’s valuable ocean resources have drawn the interest of foreign nations, particularly those in the West and Asia. How they exploit these resources can be...

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