council on african security and development

Current Affairs


Fighting corruption in Nigeria: Going to a gunfight with knives

Jun 23, 2018
John Ifediora. Time and again Nigerians are placed on notice that those who engage in corrupt practices, especially public officials found wanting in upholding the public trust that define their official capacity, would properly acquaint themselves with the services of a prison warden...

The modern terror of mankind returns…Ebola is back in the Congo

Jun 02, 2018
Editorial Commentary. The return of Ebola to the Congo is not only tragic but horrific; it now demands the full attention of the world...

Development would continue to elude a country that fails to educate its citizenry.

Apr 09, 2018
John Ifediora ...Editorial Commentary. A long-standing economic theory commonly known as "Economic Convergence" postulates that as world economies develop they would inexorably attain the same level of development through trade based on comparative advantage, technology transfer through direct investment and job out-sourcing...

Money-Laundering and Nigerian officials: Another ordinary day in office

Mar 08, 2018
Editorial Commentary. As Nigerians sweat-out the dry season, and sleep less hours every night because the houses they call home are too hot, and electricity is acutely in short supply, one of their own, one Mr...

Development and Security Matters


Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram: The invisible hands of the same vested interests in Nigeria.

Jul 08, 2018
John Ifediora. Editorial Commentary. A wise soul once said, “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me...

The fragility of the Maghreb’s constituent nations-states

Jun 03, 2018
Anour Boukars. Persistent economic and social disparities between urban centers and outlying communities present an ongoing source of instability for countries in the Maghreb...

Destroying a democracy is not too hard to do: See how

Apr 11, 2018
Richard J. Evans. There are more ways of destroying a democracy than sending troops into the streets, storming the radio stations, and arresting the politicians, as Adolf Hitler discovered after the failure of his beer-hall putsch in 1923...

What Cultural traits engender economic development?

Mar 31, 2018
Francis X. Hezel, SJ. How Flat is the World? "The world is flat," Thomas Friedman has famously declared...

Academic Papers

Leadership Structure: The African Experience

Feb 28, 2018
There are indisputably significant divergences in the degree of development of countries across the world...

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...

Book Reviews


Spills And Spin

Jun 23, 2018
Review by Ed Crooks. It is a year ago this week that BP capped its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, plugging the leak that had created the world’s largest ever accidental offshore oil spill, and already the disaster is passing into history...

The Next Factory of the World

Jun 23, 2018
Irene Yuan Sun. China is now the biggest foreign player in Africa. It's Africa's largest trade partner, the largest infrastructure financier, and the fastest-growing source of foreign direct investment...

Africa is Open for Business

Jun 23, 2018
Victor Kgomoeswana, well known as an African business expert with a profile on radio and television, shares 50 stories of innovation and opportunity behind the business headlines of the last ten years on the African continent...

Economic Integration in East Africa

Apr 08, 2018
By Almas Heshmati. This edited volume focuses on economic integration, currency union, and sustainable and inclusive growth in East Africa...