council on african security and development

Current Affairs


President Trump Attacks African and Haitian Immigration to the United States

Jan 13, 2018
John Campbell. American media is reporting that, during a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress on immigration matters on January 11, President Donald Trump asked why the United States should accept immigrants from Haiti and African states, which he characterized as “shithole countries...

Slavery in 21st century Africa: European and Libyan Governments share the blame

Jan 09, 2018
Casey Quackenbush A video of men appearing to be sold at auction in Libya for $400 has shocked the world and focused international attention on the exploitation of migrants and refugees the north African country...

Libya: A stain on Africa as it revives the sale of black Africans

Jan 09, 2018
European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya, said Amnesty International in a report published today in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya...

The end of Mugabe; what took it so long?

Dec 18, 2017
Editorial. The events of this month mark another milestone in African leadership structure, and the gradual embrace of “real Democracy” in a continent that was stillborn by colonialists and step-mothered by dictators...

Development and Security Matters


Centralized electricity supply must now end; the dawn of the mini-grids

Jan 07, 2018
As the world moves inexorably towards clean energy, and just as steadfastly sheds its dependence on fossil fuels, the pace at which policy makers and actors in the private sector are facilitating this transformation is agonizingly slow for millions in developing countries without access to electricity...

Does the terrorist label obscures more than it enlightens in the effort to curb terrorism?

Dec 16, 2017
Nigerians, in the main, have a tendency to do what they are not supposed to do, especially if proscribed by law...

Sexual Exploitation Abuse in Peace Ops focus of AFRICOM Rule of Law event in Senegal

Dec 05, 2017
Brenda Law DAKAR, Senegal – “Peacekeeping is centered on building the trust of those we are here to protect...
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China Broadens Soft Power Campaign In Africa

Dec 02, 2017
Yun Sun. Early in September, 2015, more than a hundred Chinese and African think tank scholars and government officials participated in the Fourth China-Africa Think Tanks Forum, hosted in 2015 by the South African government in Pretoria...

Academic Papers

The Cost And Benefit of Globalization: Who Are The Beneficiaries?

Jan 07, 2018
John Ikerd. Globalization has become a major public issue over the past decade.  Most of the recent controversy has centered on the World Trade Organization (WTO)...

Sovereignty Matters: Africa, Donors And The Aid Relationship

Jan 05, 2018
William Brown. This article critiques the predominant opinion that aid undermines the sovereignty of African states...

Why Doesn’t Capitalism Flow to Poor Countries?

Jan 05, 2018
Rafael Di Tella and Robert MacCulloch. Abstract. We find anecdotal evidence suggesting that governments in poor countries have a more left wing rhetoric than those in OECD countries...

To forgive or not to forgive: A timely question in an era of Terror

Jan 04, 2018
John O. Ifediora. Introduction. Simon Wiesenthal’s seminal narrative of his experiences as a Nazi concentration camp inmate is, at its core, an inquiry into the nature of human capacity to make decisions under conditions of extreme trauma...

Book Reviews


Comparative Economic Systems by H. Stephen Gardner

Jan 10, 2018
Comparative Economic Systems by H. Stephen Gardner This undergraduate/graduate course compares the economic systems of regions on the spectrum from free market to communism...

Connections by James Burke

Jan 10, 2018
Connections by James Burke. Connections explores an Alternative View of Change (the subtitle of the series) that rejects the conventional linear and teleological view of historical progress...

Dead Aid: Why Aid is not working

Jan 03, 2018
By Dambisa Moyo. Review By Jane Wales. As the global financial crisis unfolds, those least responsible—our world’s poor—will be most affected...

The Fate of Africa

Dec 16, 2017
Martin Meredith. Reviewed By Danny Yee. The Fate of Africa is a lively and accessible history of Africa over the last fifty years...