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ISS: COVID-19 makes SA’s maritime strategy more complex and more urgent

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The long-term consequences of COVID-19 will make already difficult decisions about South Africa’s maritime security even more complex. A well-managed maritime sector is key...

ISS: Preparation is key to policing a crisis like COVID-19

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Limited time for planning, organising and training made it inevitable that policing South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown would pose challenges for law enforcement. Many countries...

ISS: COVID-19 responses in Africa must include migrants and refugees

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Migrants and displaced people across Africa are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission. Governments should resist nationalist responses that could put vulnerable people more at...

ISS: Fewer migrants to Europe, bigger problems for Africa

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Migration from Africa to Europe is increasingly being framed as a security threat to states and societies. The result is tighter border controls and...

ISS: How might the COVID-19 lockdown affect public safety in SA?

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South Africa’s national State of Disaster and associated lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. It could have a significant impact on...

ISS: Can dialogue with violent extremist groups help bring stability to...

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In a strategy shift in Mali’s fight against terrorism, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta announced on 10 February that he was exploring the option of...

ISS: Can Africa help bring stability to Libya?

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says that as African Union (AU) chairperson this year, his peace and security priorities will focus on resolving South...

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...

ISS: Violence against civilians is on the rise in Africa

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Militant Islamist group activity in Africa has doubled since 2012, according to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), a think tank funded by...

ISS: Nobel gives Ethiopia’s Abiy momentum to consolidate sustainable peace

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The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali last week is a boost to reformist African leaders across the continent....

ISS: From Russia with love – or perhaps not?

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Russia is steadily filling a power vacuum left in Africa by the retreat of the United States (US) – which has accelerated under President...

ISS: Preventing violent extremism isn’t a job for civil society alone

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Civil society organisations working to prevent violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin are numerous, and receive continued financial support from donors. In addition...

ISS: Can the Accra Initiative prevent terrorism in West African coastal...

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The Accra Initiative was launched in September 2017 by Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo in response to growing insecurity linked to...

ISS: Reality check: Africa’s bid to silence the guns

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Both the value and the flaw of the African Union’s (AU) Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by the...

ISS: A risky return for ex-combatants into communities

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Enabling violent extremists to defect from their terror groups to rejoin society is a vital strategy in preventing violent extremism in Africa. But amnesty...

ISS: Can justice prevail in the midst of war?

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Reconciling peace and justice is inherently fraught, and surely nowhere more so than in the Central African Republic (CAR) – that seemingly chronic cancer...

ISS: Ethiopia’s power, security and democracy dilemma

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Recent assassinations of senior political and military leaders in Ethiopia sent shock waves across the country, casting another shadow over the transition process. These...

ISS: Another setback for stability in Mali

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On 5 April, thousands of Malians took to the streets of Bamako to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maïga and the...

ISS: Resurrected Haftar scuttles UN and AU Libyan peace efforts

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‘The report of my death was an exaggeration.’ That was Mark Twain speaking but it could have been Khalifa Haftar. One year after he...

ISS: National dialogues are key to peace in the Horn

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The countries in the Horn of Africa have entered a new phase of domestic instability. Political protests in Ethiopia and Sudan and armed insurrections...

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