Gambian Security Forces Take a Gamble

January 27, 2017

Gambian security chiefs have put their professionalism and loyalty to the constitution in question. The relevance of the military and other security institutions in a democratic state has never been questioned. It is a concern that was raised 2,500 years ago by Plato and subsequent scholars....

Time is Running Out for The Gambia’s President

January 16, 2017

Will there be a peaceful transition of power in The Gambia? It’s clear that Adama Barrow, the president-elect of The Gambia, has the support of most African nations and the wider international community. His inauguration—scheduled for January 19—marks a watershed moment for the Gambian...

Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa

September 11, 2013

Organized crime in West Africa is more than a problem of terrorism and law enforcement. The crisis in Mali has sharpened European awareness of the dangers posed by transnational organized crime in West Africa. The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) set up in July 2013, will find itself...

Connecting Power Grids Across Africa

August 22, 2013

Coordinating international efforts will bring faster results when dealing with energy issues in Africa. On his recent trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama announced his Power Africa initiative to spend $7 billion over five years to fund an electricity program in sub-Saharan Africa that...

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),...