council on african security and development

Current Affairs


The end of Mugabe; what took it so long?

Nov 24, 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...

Nigeria: Too Big To Be Ignored But Too Slow To Rise

Oct 16, 2017
Gavin Sarkin And Chris Hays. It’s easy to write off Nigeria as a place destined to perpetuate violence, corruption and plutocracy...

As October Election Approaches, Kenyans Ask: Will it Be Fair, Verifiable?

Oct 06, 2017
*Sheila Kinya Gitonga and John Hirsch. It took many by surprise when, on September 1, Kenya’s Supreme Kenyatta’s initial official response sought to calm potential street violence, stating that, while he did not agree with Chief Justice Maraga’s decision, he would accept the results and go forward with a re-run of the election...
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AFRICOM delivers equipment for strategic partner in Uganda

Oct 05, 2017
Andria Almond. MOGADISHU, Somalia – The African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) capabilities to provide security in the region were recently strengthened when U...

Development and Security Matters


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

Oct 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

Oct 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

Oct 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...

Solving the energy poverty problem in sub-Saharan Africa

Sep 27, 2017
John O. Ifediora. Sub-Saharan Africa has the dubious distinction of having the lowest electricity generation capability, and its inhabitants suffer the most debilitating energy poverty in the world...

Academic Papers

Why Doesn’t Capitalism Flow to Poor Countries?

Oct 13, 2017
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...

Sovereignty Matters: Africa, Donors And The Aid Relationship

Sep 28, 2017
William Brown. This article critiques the predominant opinion that aid undermines the sovereignty of African states...

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

Sep 02, 2017
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...

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

Jun 02, 2017
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)...

Book Reviews


Failed States and the origins of violence

Oct 16, 2017
Tiffiany Haward. Reviewed by Martin Meeùs. Terrorism and other forms of political violence are more present than ever in modern societies but are unequally spread around the globe...

The Fate of Africa

Oct 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...

Dead Aid: Why Aid is not working

Oct 12, 2017
By Dambisa Moyo. Review By Jane Wales. As the global financial crisis unfolds, those least responsible—our world’s poor—will be most affected...

Portfolios of the Poor

Oct 10, 2017
Daryl Collins, et el. Reviewed By David Guinn. Portfolios of the Poor gave me the same feeling of excitement as the World Bank’s epic ‘Voices of the Poor’ study...