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Understanding the role of power, identity, communication and trust in preventing and countering violent extremism in Somalia
Across the community of practitioners, policymakers, researchers and academics involved in Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE), laments are often heard of a paucity of deep research in the discipline.
To counter violent extremism in places such as Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado properly, it’s necessary to understand the root causes of such conflicts and how mining operations can worsen them Since...
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, which has also closed the stock exchange over forex concerns, has hit people already losing livelihood options during the Covid-19 lockdown hard The Zimbabwean...
With Islamist extremism on the rise in several regions of West Africa, Fulani communities are purported to be front and center. In Mali, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso, Fulani groups have been accused of waging jihad, supporting terrorists, and committing genocide of Christians.
Many of Africa’s most significant challenges today are at their core political in nature, with policies developed in response centering on the incentives and priorities of the elite political class at the geopolitical, national and subnational level. The Sahel is a cruel microcosm of these dynamics.
Traditional security thinking places the State as the primary entity which needs to be protected from external military threats. Territorial integrity is considered a fundamental value and any threats to it endanger national sovereignty.
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Human Security and Climate Change
Our Human Security and Climate Change (HSCC) team explores the nexus between climate change and conflict, along with other emerging security challenges facing the continent. Climate change-induced landscape changes, along with other degradations of the natural environment, combined with poor governance, are a perfect storm for exacerbating insecurity on the continent, especially in already-fragile contexts. For instance, climate change is already driving migration, which places pressure on available resources, which in turn can generate conflict. Given that conflict systems are increasingly regional in nature and thus require an unprecedented level of coordination and collaboration between states, the programme:
- Generates timely strategic insights and analyses for policymakers and practitioners on Africa’s exigent security challenges by conducting and drawing on evidence-based research, new datasets, and emerging analytical tools;
- Aids in the development and implementation of policies through strategic partnerships, advocacy, and utilizing effective monitoring and evaluation practises.
The HSCC team is also the custodian of our Conflict in Africa Monitor (CAM), which ingests real-time data to indicate geographically where conflict risks are apparent and growing, and what might be done to mitigate them.