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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...

UK and Nigeria strengthen security and defence partnership

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The UK and Nigeria have held the first UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership dialogue, with the aim tackling terrorism and building regional security. New commitments...

Poor security at military bases and units flagged by Defence Force...

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The lack of security at South African National Defence Force (SANDF) military bases is of “serious concern”, as is the deterioration of security fences...

Africa urged to wake up to growing state surveillance threat

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African governments are using new technology and laws to increase surveillance of opposition figures, researchers warned on Thursday, calling for restrictions on the sale...

ISS: Deadly cost of South Sudan’s delayed security reforms

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Violent clashes between armed factions in Riek Machar’s camp highlight the urgency of creating a unified defence force. South Sudan has failed to unify the...

ISS: The African Union’s peace and security dilemma

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With some member states’ commitment to shared values at an all-time low, can the AU manage and prevent conflict? Several incidents highlight the challenges facing...

National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

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A 96-page document released this month is a South African government-led roadmap for action as regards women, peace and security. It aims, according to Naledi...

Central African Republic votes amid tight security after December violence

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Almost all polling stations in Central African Republic were able to open for a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, the electoral body...

ISS: As AU chair, South Africa’s leadership fell short in key...

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Cyril Ramaphosa handled COVID-19 well, but more could have been done on governance, security and violent extremism. South Africa is set to conclude its one-year...

ISS: Mali gives China a reality check

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China’s role in Africa’s security has been evolving, from its tentative first steps in non-combatant peace operations in 1998 to combat-ready peacekeepers in 2012...

Ethiopia’s Oromo celebrate tense thanksgiving amid tight security

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Thousands of people from the Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, celebrated their thanksgiving festival in Bishoftu city amid tight security on Sunday after the...

ISS: Chad’s illegal drug trade contributes to regional insecurity

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On 24 July, a court in Chad sentenced ten people including high-ranking security and intelligence officials as part of a transnational tramadol trafficking cabal. Tramadol...

Total and Mozambique sign security pact for $20 billion natural gas...

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French oil major Total has signed a security pact with the Mozambique government to protect a $20 billion natural gas (LNG) project being developed...

Terrorism and security under discussion at the 2020 Sovereign Security conference

Webinar event: Sovereign Security Conference 2020 Topic: Terrorism in the Southern African Development Community Featuring Professor Renfrew Christie, Jasmine Opperman, Willem Els & Lieutenant General Fannie...

Link between border and rural security highlighted by Free State abduction

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Border security is by its nature ranked alongside rural security, sharing dangers including abduction and attackers escaping to a neighbouring country. Freedom Front Plus (FF+)...

Coronavirus complicates Sahel’s complex security situation

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COVID-19 is complicating an already complex security situation in the Sahel, with terrorist groups exploiting the pandemic stepping up attacks on national and international...

Drones “new threat” to US security

US Attorney General William Barr issued guidance to Justice Department agencies on the use of protective measures against drones, including destruction of any posing...

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...

Safety divide fears in South Africa during lockdown

With South Africa into day one of a 21-day national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak, poorer residents fear being exposed to worsening violence...

Armed rebel groups still a major threat in the DRC

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Armed rebel groups are still a major threat in the DRC, with attacks on civilians in eastern DRC occuring in December 2019. DefenceWeb interviews the...

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