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Somalia: Al-Shabaab – It Will Be a Long War

Africa Briefing N°99, 26 June 2014

 A handout picture released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows suspected Shebab militants waiting with their eyes covered to be taken for interrogation during a joint night operation between the Somali security services and African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers in Mogadishu on May 4, 2014.  PHOTO: AFP

Despite military gains against Somalia’s Islamist group Al-Shabaab, the insurgents’ defeat will remain elusive until the Somali government and its international partners address longstanding social – often clan-based – grievances through parallel local and national processes, as the basis for the revival of conventional governmental authority.

Recent Reports

Somalia: Al-Shabaab – It Will Be a Long War, Africa Briefing N°99, 26 Jun 2014

Despite military gains against Somalia’s Islamist group Al-Shabaab, the insurgents’ defeat will remain elusive until the Somali government and its international partners address longstanding social – often clan-based – grievances through parallel local and national processes, as the basis for the revival of conventional governmental authority.

The Central African Crisis: From Predation to Stabilisation, Africa Report N°219, 17 Jun 2014

To stabilise the Central African Republic (CAR), the transitional government and its international partners need to prioritise, alongside security, action to fight corruption and trafficking of natural resources, as well as revive the economy.

A Cosmetic End to Madagascar’s Crisis?, Africa Report N°218, 19 May 2014

Madagascar’s recent elections marked an ostensible return to democracy, but unless the new government works hard to implement meaningful political, economic and social reforms, the prospect of further crisis is just a matter of time.

South Sudan: A Civil War by Any Other Name, Africa Report N°217, 10 Apr 2014

Refocusing international engagement as well as the peace negotiations is essential to stop South Sudan’s raging civil war from claiming ever more lives.

Guinea-Bissau: Elections, But Then What?, Africa Briefing N°98, 8 Apr 2014

Guinea-Bissau’s elections are an important first step, but to address its economic and political fragility, the country needs strong international help, as well as political and military will for reform.

Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency, Africa Report N°216, 3 Apr 2014

In an environment of poverty, injustice and lack of political will for reform, Boko Haram is increasingly putting local and regional stability at risk.

The Security Challenges of Pastoralism in Central Africa, Africa Report N°215, 1 Apr 2014

Sensible, inclusive regulation of pastoralism that has mitigated tension in parts of the Sahel should be extended to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), where conflicts have worsened with the southward expansion of pastoralism.

Fields of Bitterness (II): Restitution and Reconciliation in Burundi, Africa Report N°214, 17 Feb 2014

To avoid a revival of past ethnic tensions between Hutu and Tutsi, Burundi needs to find the right balance between land restitution and national reconciliation. 

Fields of Bitterness (I): Land Reform in Burundi, Africa Report N°213, 12 Feb 2014

Unless the government revives land governance reform in Burundi, long-term peacebuilding efforts will remain compromised.

Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West: Key to Reconciliation, Africa Report N°212, 28 Jan 2014

Working to reduce tensions in western Côte d’Ivoire, a flashpoint for ethnic, political and economic rivalries, is imperative to ensure lasting stability and pave the way for national reconciliation.  

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A Cosmetic End to Madagascar’s Crisis?
Africa Report N°218, 19 May 2014
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The Security Challenges of Pastoralism in Central Africa
Africa Report N°215, 1 April 2014
Now available in English
Mali: Reform or Relapse
Africa Report N°210, 10 Jan 2014
Now available in English
Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West: Key to Reconciliation
Africa Report N°212, 28 Jan 2014
Now available in English

African Regional Security

DOUALA, Cameroon (Feb. 22, 2010) Military personnel from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, Republic of Congo and the U.S. conducting multinational maritime interdiction training during The first multinational exercise in the Gulf of Guinea, Obangame 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen/Released)

Military personnel from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, Republic of Congo and the U.S. conducting multinational maritime interdiction training. Photo: U.S. Navy/Gary Keen

From the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), African states are joining together to collectively reinforce and give life to their peace and security architecture. Please see below for a full collection of our reports covering African regional security issues.


The Gulf of Guinea: The New Danger Zone: Africa Report N°195, 12 Dec 2012

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Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (II): Southern Africa, Africa Report N°191, 15 Oct 2012

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (I): Central Africa, Africa Report N°181, 7 Nov 2011

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