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The Current Security Challenges in Africa

The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies / October 2014


Two major security challenges are facing contemporary societies in Africa and elsewhere. The first stems from natural disasters, and the second is from calamities caused by man-made actions. More specifically, “mother nature’s” profound impact on Africa’s security ranges from earthquakes to famine to infectious disease epidemics.

Country Reports on Terrorism 2013

U.S. Department of State / April 2014


Al-Qa’ida (AQ) and its affiliates and adherents worldwide continue to present a serious threat to the United States, our allies, and our interests. While the international community has severely degraded AQ’s core leadership, the terrorist threat has evolved. Leadership losses in Pakistan, coupled with weak governance and instability in the Middle East and Northwest Africa, have accelerated the decentralization of the movement and led to the affiliates in the AQ network becoming more operationally autonomous from core AQ and increasingly focused on local and regional objectives. The past several years have seen the emergence of a more aggressive set of AQ affiliates and like-minded groups, most notably in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Northwest Africa, and Somalia.

African Counter-Terrorism Legal Frameworks: A Decade after 2011

Jolyon Ford / 2011


As we approach the first decade after the 11 September 2001 (9/11) terrorist attacks in the US, and with the recent shift in rhetoric and tone after the ‘global war on terror’, it is timely to take stock of African criminal justice responses to the threat of terrorism.

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