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ISS: US debates bill to counter ‘malign’ Russian activities in Africa

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A United States (US) bill that would oblige Washington to punish African governments that abet Russian ‘malign’ activities on the continent is sailing through...

Indian Ocean Commission helps Africa’s island states fight sea crime

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The Baba Ali, a Seychellois fishing vessel, was passing through the Seychelles exclusive economic zone (EEZ) when authorities intercepted it in May 2021. Through an...

ISS: Africa’s solutions to conflict are in crisis

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Africa faces widespread instability. In the past year, there have been coups in Mali, Chad, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Guinea, and attempts to overthrow...

World military expenditure passes $2 trillion; increases slightly in Africa

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Total world military expenditure increased fractionally in 2021 to reach $2 113 billion, surpassing the $2 trillion mark for the first time, new research...

African regional standby brigades urged to speed up operationalisation

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The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism in Africa are reasons for African countries to speed up full operational capability (FOC) efforts for...

ISS: Africa should be better prepared for Europe’s security funding shift

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The African Union (AU) has missed a vital opportunity to discuss a change in European funding for peace and security. The European Union (EU)...

Leaders seek solutions to recent coups in Sahel, West Africa

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The scene has played out repeatedly across the Sahel in recent years: A group of military officers take to the airwaves to announce that...

AU marks mine awareness day

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Today (4 April) is International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, intended worldwide to “serve as a reminder of the danger...

Russia’s war with Ukraine: Five reasons why many African countries choose...

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In early March the United Nation’s General Assembly voted on a resolution demanding Russia immediately stop its military operations in Ukraine. Out of 193 member...

2021 saw greater instability and abuses in Africa; AU inaction –...

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Human rights abuses in the conflicts in Africa continued unabated in 2021 partly because of the inaction of the African Union Peace and Security...

ISS: West Africa and Turkey forge new security relations

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Turkey is not a new actor in Africa but is an increasingly important one. Its presence in West Africa has aroused widespread attention and...

Sanctions against Russia will affect arms sales to Africa: the risks...

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Following its invasion of Ukraine, countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) imposed comprehensive sanctions on Russia in a bid to cripple its...

Global conflict intensified in 2021 – report

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Few conflicts ended in 2021, and many intensified, with levels of political violence remaining steady, according to a new report by the Armed Conflict...

Maritime security “fundamental” to African peace

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The African Union (AU), according to its political affairs, peace and security (PSC) department, views maritime security as “a fundamental component” of the continent’s...

Feature: Trajectories of violence against civilians by Africa’s militant Islamist groups

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Extremist group violence against civilians is driven by context-specific factors—outgroup grievances, intimidation to control territory, and a response to heavy-handed security responses—that require enhanced...

ISS: Ukraine war reveals Africa divided

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Ukraine has withdrawn an important contingent of peacekeepers from the United Nations (UN) Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)...

Ukraine war: fresh warning that Africa needs to be vigilant against...

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It’s commonly held that Russian president Vladimir Putin’s objective for invading Ukraine is to install a puppet regime that is pliable to Moscow’s interests....

ISS: West African coastal terror attacks – just the tip of...

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Violent extremism is escalating in West Africa’s coastal states. This is terrifying for citizens but is just the tip of the insurgency iceberg. Under...

ISS: Could Japan give new direction to West African security approaches?

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As external partners struggle to find appropriate responses to the many challenges facing West Africa, Japan’s approach to peace and security may be an...

New Interpol project adds “H” for harassment to SEA

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Sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) is a reality in the peacekeeping and humanitarian aid sectors worldwide with Interpol now stepping in to prevent it...

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