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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...

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...

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...

Elections, water, cyber shutdowns, peacekeeping pose risks in 2022

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As the new year arrives, security experts are closely watching certain conflict hot spots and tracking long-term trends that threaten to boil over. Recurring...

Slight deterioration in global peace index

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Global peacefulness deteriorated by a very small margin (.07%) over the past year – the smallest change since 2011 as more countries recorded an...

Triple C threat facing Mozambique

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Conflict, COVID-19 and climate change are, according to the UN Secretary-General, the triple threat currently faced by South Africa’s eastern neighbour. The conflict component of...

The forces fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict

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Ethiopia’s military is fighting battle-hardened troops in the northern Tigray region, threatening stability around the Horn of Africa. Here are some facts on the forces: THE...

Taiwan warns of accidental conflict as regional tensions rise

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The risk of accidental conflict is rising because of tension in the South China Sea and around Taiwan and communication must be maintained to...

Conflict, climate and COVID-19 contribute to Cabo Delgado crisis

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Mozambique’s Cado Delgado province has seen an alarming rise in insurgent attacks in the first half of 2020. Violence associated with various Islamist groups...

Unilateral decisions not the answer in Libya

France said the Libyan conflict would not be solved through unilateral decisions only UN-backed dialogue would work after Libya’s eastern-based military leader Khalifa Haftar’s...

ISS: Conflict is still Africa’s biggest challenge in 2020

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For the African Union, 2020 is supposed to be a landmark year. Its ‘silencing the guns’ initiative is aimed at ‘ending all wars, civil...

Conflict and the environment

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The UN General Assembly declared 6 November the International Day for Preventing Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Humanity has always counted...

Tech tool aims to predict global water conflicts before they happen

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Artificial intelligence can predict where conflicts over scarce water will break out up to a year in advance and allow action to prevent them,...

Sahel conflict escalating

More than 60 civilians died in tit-for-tat clashes between communities in northern Burkina Faso recently, government said, the latest inter-communal violence afflicting West Africa’s...

ISS: Forecasting for peace

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Sub-Saharan Africa has made important peace and security gains over the past two decades. Large-scale political violence has declined and fewer people...

ISS: Mediating Africa’s conflicts demands strong partnerships

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Africa's peace and security challenges are too complex for either the United Nations (UN) or the African Union (AU) to tackle on...

Farmer, herder conflict highlights arable land battle in Nigeria

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Violent conflicts between farmers and semi-nomadic herders in Nigeria that left dozens of people dead over the weekend illustrate intensifying pressure and...

Number of non-international armed conflicts doubled in two decades

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The number of non-international armed conflicts more than doubled from the beginning of the century, according to data from the International Committee...

ISS: Empowering young women to stand up for conflict resilience

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Young women are increasingly at risk of harm during violent conflicts, as seen in the disturbing trend of mass kidnappings, sexual assaults...

South Sudan accused of using oil cash to fund conflict

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Activists accuse South Sudan's government of funnelling cash from the state oil company to militias responsible for atrocities and attacks on civilians. South...

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