The Gulf of Guinea: Maritime Piracy’s New Global Nerve Center

March 03, 2014

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea could dwarf everything the world has seen in Somalia. Maritime piracy off the coast of West Africa has replaced Somalia as the most prevalent region for a maritime attack. In fact, Nigeria alone saw a threefold increase from 2011 to 2012, according to the...

Libya: Weapons Proliferation and Regional Stability in the Sahel

August 30, 2013

Libyan weapons have further militarized movements in Africa. The 2011 fall of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi and the subsequent breakdown in order in Libya, has been a major contributor to the instability plaguing large swaths of the Sahel region and Northwest Africa. In particular, the flow of...

What’s Next for Mali?

July 28, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Dr. Christos Kyrou, an expert on peace and conflict resolution, on what to expect next in Mali.   Nicholas A. Heras: After the recent peace agreement that was signed between the Malian government and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA),...

Boko Haram: Threatening West Africa?

July 05, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Jacob Zenn about Nigeria's Boko Haram and its possible influence on West Africa. Nicholas A. Heras: To what degree does Boko Haram represent a threat to international security? Is it accurate to say that Boko Haram is primarily a Nigeria-based militant movement...

Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 3/3)

June 14, 2013

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the last of a three part series. Read part one here. The Greatest Challenges for the Government Repairing a tarnished image: Even under the spell of decades of corruption, and two...

Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 2/3)

June 09, 2013

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the second of a three part series. Read part one here. Fragile Coexistence of Anti-Malian Government Forces in Kidal Strong evidence from the ground suggests that currently,...

Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 1/3)

June 06, 2013

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the first of a three part series. Recently, it was announced that talks were about to resume between the Government  of National Unity of the Republic of Mali and the National...

The Arab Spring and Africa’s Place in History

May 24, 2013

Dr. Jonathan Hill looks at the coining of phrases surrounding "Spring Revolutions" and how Africa follows its own path. "At this point we leave Africa, not to mention it again. For it has no historical part in the world; …Historical movements in it – that is in its...

Mali in the Rearview Mirror

March 04, 2013

The fear that Mali could turn into another Afghanistan is unwarranted. Just last month concern was mounting that stiff Islamist resistance in Mali, combined with the alleged presence of heavy or sophisticated equipment in the rebel arsenal, would lead to a protracted and difficult campaign. Even...

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