The Current Analyst

  • Rationale for the Current Analyst

    The security environment in Africa has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last quarter of a century. Authoritarian dictatorships and one party rule have given way in a large number of countries to multi-party democracies. Civil societies have emerged and, in some countries, been empowered enough to make a difference in promoting reform agendas. Meanwhile,institutional capacity for peace-related activities has expanded hugely. The ending of some of the long-running civil wars, the signing of peace agreements, the conduct of multi-party elections, all held hope for peace, democratic reform and political transitions. Those hopes have been disappointed. Indeed, some of the gains have effectively been reversed. There is no part of the world where peace and human security in all its aspects has proved more elusive than in the African continent. A close examination of the causes of insecurity and perpetuation of conflicts in Africa indicates the complex and multi-layered nature of the crisis that have unfolded. There is a need to conduct and provide a more comprehensive assessment of the regional political and security situation in a continuous basis as well as more sophisticated approaches to understanding the role of national, regional and external actors.

    Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2010 18:45
  • The evil empire of Saudi Arabia is the West’s real Enemy

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    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

    Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain: planners to financiers, cadres to foot soldiers, ideologists to cheerleaders. When did I last heard about this?

    Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:51
  • Islamist Extremism in East Africa

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    The growing influence of Salafist groups and ideology in Africa is fast becoming the uppermost peace and security agenda at both academic and policy levels. The recurring theme of the currentanalyst has been that as much as there has been an internal fertile ground for radicalization, the ideological roots and financial backing of violent extremist groups lie outside the region. Given the external as well as internal drivers to radicalization and the rise of Salafist groups one would highlight the imperative of addressing the challenge at both levels.

    Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2016 09:50
  • U.N. to Probe Whether Iconic Secretary-General Was Assassinated

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    Colum Lynch 

    Newly­ discovered documents revive claim that Dag Hammarskjold may have been killed by South African agents backed by the CIA. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki­-moon will propose reopening an inquiry into allegations that Dag Hammarskjold, one of the most revered secretaries-general in the organization’s history, was assassinated by an apartheid-era South African paramilitary organization that was backed by the CIA, British intelligence, and a Belgian mining company, according to several officials familiar with the case.

  • Yemen: The Dark Stalemate

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    New balance of military conflict is frustrating the Saudi-led coalition and makes their positions unsustainable. Militarily speaking Yemen is locked in a deadly stalemate. Currently, the anti-Houthi campaign is on pause. Politically the gap is extensive, between the Houthi and the Saudi –led government, to expect a breakthrough. Diplomatically, no amount of pressure is expected as the US election pushes everything to the realm of the uncertain. I mean any peace deal, possibly yes, but probably no.

    Last Updated on Thursday, 08 December 2016 14:03

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