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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...

ISS: The Great Lakes can’t afford more instability

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Regional tensions in the Great Lakes are reaching an alarming level, with neighbours Rwanda and Uganda publicly raising the tone over the past few...

ISS: When corruption stops, trust in government can start

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Trust is the glue that binds people together. When people trust in democratic institutions they are free to interact and trade with strangers, restrain...

ISS: Cost of counter-terrorism for civilians in Liptako-Gourma

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States in the Liptako-Gourma region – including Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – are imposing restrictive measures to try to quell the growing threat...

ISS: Another chance for Nigeria to get counter-terrorism right

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Nigerians will vote for a president on 16 February. Much is anticipated regarding the new leader’s strategy to end the deadly Boko Haram insurgency...

ISS: Suspicions cloud Senegal’s upcoming election

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Senegal will choose its president on 24 February in an atmosphere clouded by suspicions that the incumbent, Macky Sall, has engineered recent electoral reforms...

ISS: Does regime security come ahead of real reform in Gabon?

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Since Gabon’s coup attempt on 7 January, President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been making changes to restore confidence in his government. Bongo, who was...

ISS: Will Sudan’s latest protests bring down Bashir?

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Street protests that started in the north-eastern Sudanese city of Atbara over bread and fuel price hikes on 19 December have snowballed into weeks...

ISS: A tale of two arrests

This is a tale of two arrests: one of a South African arrested in Mozambique; another of a Mozambican arrested in South Africa. The...

ISS: How Uganda and UNHCR failed refugees

Uganda hosts Africa's largest refugee population and is heralded as a model of progressive refugee policies. But damning 2018 reports have revealed fraud and...

ISS: Will this election change the DRC?

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With the announcement this weekend that the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) ruling party had won a substantial majority in the national assembly,...

ISS: Turning the tables on Boko Haram

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Identity - for both individuals and groups - is shaped by a mix of elements including ethnicity, religion, culture and personal experiences. Much of...

ISS: Somalia shoots itself in the foot

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The decision by the Somali government to expel United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to the country Nicholas Haysom last week speaks volumes about why...

ISS: Going fast or going far?

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A popular African proverb says, "˜If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.'The proverb could...

ISS: South Sudan – ‘Whose power are they sharing anyway?’

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The signing in September 2018 of a new peace agreement between the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, main rebel leader Riek Machar and...

ISS: Why are women still so unsafe?

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Violence against women is an indicator of how prone societies are towards violence. Almost two decades since countries across the world adopted United Nations...

ISS: The perplexities of human trafficking in South Africa

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The extent of South Africa's human trafficking problem – also known as trafficking in persons – remains an ‘elusive statistical nightmare'. Available...

ISS: How ‘foreign’ are foreign terrorist fighters in Africa?

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In September 2018, five people acquitted of the July 2010 terror attacks in Kampala, Uganda, were re-arrested by the Ugandan Police. Omar...

ISS: Is Islamic State in West Africa becoming more hardline?

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Recent activities by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), the Boko Haram faction that replaced Abubakar Shekau as leader in 2016, have...

ISS: Protecting Botswana’s elephants isn’t a numbers game

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In September this year, Elephants Without Borders (EWB) director Dr Mike Chase released a statement about the discovery of 87 elephant carcasses...

ISS: SA prepares for a historic about-turn on human rights foreign...

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On 12 January 2007, just a few days after taking its seat for the first time on the United Nations (UN) Security...

ISS: DRC’s flawed elections will probably go ahead

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Martin Fayulu, one of the main opposition candidates in the upcoming Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elections, arrived back in Kinshasa this...

ISS: Can the illegal abalone trade be stopped?

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Corruption is one of the primary enablers of wildlife crime as it prevents the problem from being effectively tackled. This was revealed...

ISS: Mozambique’s apparent Islamist insurgency poses multiple threats

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The apparent Islamist insurgency in Mozambique's northernmost province, Cabo Delgado, had gone quiet – until last Wednesday night's attack in the village of Nagulué...

ISS: South Africa’s vital role in the future of peacekeeping

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By 1 January 2019 South Africa will be one of Africa's three representatives on the UN Security Council. The country can use...

ISS: Settling local disputes is key to peace in Central Mali

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On 15 October, 11 civilians were killed by assailants on a motorcycle in Telly in Central Mali's Mopti region. This attack occurred...

ISS: Rwanda and South Africa’s rocky road to reconciliation

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After an almost five-year delay, the Randburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg last week finally launched an inquest into the murder of Rwandan...

ISS: Ten years on, is Somali piracy still a threat?

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On 6 November the United Nations (UN) Security Council renewed the authorisation for international naval forces to carry out anti-piracy measures off...

ISS: Can violent extremism be prevented?

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Can the global community prevent violent extremism? Is the violence associated with terrorism different from other forms of violence, and in what...

ISS: Is the African Standby Force any closer to being deployed?

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The African Union (AU)-directed African Standby Force (ASF) has not been deployed since its establishment in 2003. This is despite the AU's...

ISS: Africa’s youth gain recognition as peacemakers

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Time is running out for Africa to ‘silence the guns by 2020' and end all wars – a target set by the...

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