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International Space Station swerves to dodge space junk

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The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve away from a fragment of a US launch vehicle on Friday, the head of Russia's space...

ISS: South Africa’s Victims of Crime Survey adds useful insights

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More data means better ability to address the country’s public safety challenges. Police crime statistics provide only limited insight into the nature of crime and...

ISS: DRC’s shady political alliance unravels

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Tshisekedi is struggling to escape the shackles of a deal gone bad with the DRC’s former president. On 26 November President Félix Tshisekedi concluded a...

ISS: Effective global peacebuilding needs a united African voice

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The Common African Position can improve AU–UN partnerships but the real test is delivering tangible results. Peacebuilding is essential to help conflict-affected states build inclusive...

ISS: Kidnapping in South Africa: rely on data not social media

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Statistics on the motives for kidnapping and who is most at risk are both surprising and concerning. Few crimes strike fear into South Africans as...

ISS: #EndSARS protests in Nigeria also counter-terrorism concern

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The #EndSARS (End Special Anti-Robbery Squad) protests in Nigeria are a call for massive reforms not only in the police institution but also the...

ISS: Dealing with crises in Africa – south vs west

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Civil society groups, opposition leaders and commentators ask why the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is quiet on crises such as those in Zimbabwe,...

ISS: Tech innovations key to South African maritime security

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South Africa is building and using sophisticated technology to combat maritime crimes and make its notoriously treacherous oceans safer for seafarers. A new Institute...

ISS: South African private sector can help stop gender-based violence

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Violence against women and children in South Africa needs urgent attention and the private sector has a key role to play. Underlying high levels...

ISS: Inclusive national dialogue is a priority for Ethiopia

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The 29 June murder of popular Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa from the Oromo ethnic group has reignited ethnic violence in the country. Over 200...

ISS: Ramaphosa reacts to internal pressure on Zimbabwe

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s special envoys arrived in Zimbabwe on 10 August and returned to South Africa the next day, leaving the situation as it...

AU and SADC must act on Mozambique – ISS

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With the security situation in northern Mozambique “deteriorating alarmingly” it’s high time the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) provided...

Terrorists entitled to a fair trial – ISS researcher

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Boko Haram violence devastated north-east Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the Lake Chad Basin with thousands of suspects arrested by Nigeria’s military from 2009...

ISS: Domestic violence during COVID-19: are we asking the right questions?

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The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March and April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting...

ISS: SA passes Kenya the baton in the Security Council relay

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In January 2021, Kenya will replace South Africa as one of the three elected African members (A3) on the United Nations Security Council, joining...

ISS: Mass terror trials test Nigeria’s criminal justice system

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Nigeria must fix the mistakes of its first three rounds of terrorism cases before starting its fourth. Nigeria is expected to conduct a fourth phase...

ISS: Has Haftar’s ‘Ponzi scheme’ imploded?

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Turkey’s dramatic military intervention into Libya’s civil-cum-proxy war on the side of the Tripoli government has changed the narrative from ‘Haftar tightening the noose...

ISS: West Africa must confront its foreign terrorist fighters

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Better information, border control and cooperation is needed to deal with foreign combatants in the region. One year ago, 13 Senegalese nationals were convicted for...

AU excellence award for ISS

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The ISS (Institute for Security Studies) is the recipient of the African Union's (AU) 2018 special award of excellence for its partnership...

Action needed to reduce political violence in South Africa

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Interventions to reduce the risk and lethality of political violence must be part of South Africa's preparations for 2019 national government elections. Speakers...

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