Archive for October, 2011

Terrorism in Africa

Here is a link to the recent special issue of the journal Perspectives on Terrorism, which addresses Terrorism in Africa.

Terrorism and Political Violence in Africa: Contemporary Trends in a Shifting Terrain
James J.F. Forest, Jennifer Giroux

Terrorism in Liberation Struggles: Interrogating the Engagement Tactics of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta
Ibaba Samuel Ibaba

‘Forcing the Horse to Drink or Making it Realise its Thirst’? Understanding the Enactment of Anti-Terrorism Legislation (ATL) in Nigeria
Isaac Terwase Sampson, Freedom C. Onuoha

Opportunity Costs or Costly Opportunities? The Arab Spring, Osama Bin Laden, and Al-Qaeda’s African Affiliates
Alex S. Wilner

Al-Qaeda’s Influence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Myths, Realities and Possibilities
James J.F. Forest

From Theory to Practice: Exploring the Organised Crime-Terror Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa
Annette Hübschle

The Paradox of Terrorism, Armed Conflict and Natural Resources in Africa: an Analysis of Cabinda in Angola
Victor Ojakorotu

You can also download the entire issue (in PDF) at the following link:

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Article on State Weakness

Just published a piece in the Netherlands-based NATO journal Atlantic Perspective. Here’s a link to the issue:

Ungoverned Territories: Engaging local nongovernmental entities in U.S. security strategy

State weakness has become a prime concern for U.S. national security, and so-called ‘ungoverned territories’ are central to this concern. However, we need to differentiate between different kinds of ungoverned territories, and give special attention to zones of competing governance – places that are governed by entities other than the forces of an established nation-state – and the hierarchy of loyalties within them. This article describes key characteristics of these areas, and offers implications organized around three activities: research (more refined analysis and clarity of terms are needed), policy (improving state legitimacy may be more important than addressing weaknesses in capacity or will), and strategy (we must consider alternatives to our state-centric strategies for tackling non-state security threats).

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