council on african security and development

Current Affairs


Fighting corruption in Nigeria: Going to a gunfight with knives

Jul 10, 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...

Observance of Human Rights and Rule of Law are essential to the war on terror

Jul 09, 2018
The G5 Sahel military force created to counter Islamist armed groups in the Sahel region of Africa should fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law in its operations, Human Rights Watch said today...

The Apostles of hope now fill the economic vacuum in Nigeria

Jul 02, 2018
Just a few years back, calling a politician corrupt in Nigeria was synonymous to calling a kettle black...

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

Jun 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


What Cultural traits engender economic development?

Jul 12, 2018
Francis X. Hezel, SJ. How Flat is the World? "The world is flat," Thomas Friedman has famously declared...

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

Jul 09, 2018
John Ifediora. 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...

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...

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

Jul 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...

Academic Papers

Leadership Structure: The African Experience

Jul 15, 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?

Jul 10, 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

Jul 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?

Jul 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


The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

Jul 18, 2018
Deborah Brautigam. Highly topical. Draws on completely new research in China and Africa to provide the first comprehensive account of Chinese engagement in Africa...

Africa Resest

Jul 18, 2018
Edited by Dr. Theodore Ahlers and Edited by Dr. Harinder S. Kohli. This book assesses the challenges and provides concrete policy recommendations that can be taken by Africa's leaders and citizens in the key areas to reset their economic trajectory, achieve their desired convergence, and meet the aspirations of their people...

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...