How private military services saved Sierra Leone: The contracting out of military duties came from necessity but help ensure long-lasting security

Written by Marika Josephides (1) Monday, 01 December 2014 18:15 Dismissing private military contractors as mercenaries can be simplistic and misleading, as their deployment in Sierra Leone’s Civil War displayed. That the country is rebounding despite 2014’s Ebola crisis is due in part to the success of contracted firms neutralising destabilising rebel groups. For impoverished…

The new frontiers of Islamist extremism: understanding the threat that al-Qaeda affiliates pose to African security

Link to Resource: The new frontiers of Islamist extremism: understanding the threat that al-Qaeda affiliates pose to African security External Links icon The new frontiers of Islamist extremism: understanding the threat that al-Qaeda affiliates pose to African security External Links icon   Tobias Feakin Australian Strategic Policy Institute 23 September 2014 This paper examines three…

Boko Haram and US interests in Nigeria

    The US, the UK, France and some NATO countries are strengthening their grip in Africa as they watch the ongoing violence. It would not be misleading to say that in twenty years time, these forces will hold great influence over Africa’s defence.   Ibrahim Tigli / Cape Town There seems to be no…

China’s role in Africa’s conflicts: Military cooperation, arms transfers and involvement in peacekeeping operations

 Written by Diego Cordano (1) Friday, 11 April 2014 11:06   The growing presence and influence of China in international politics seems to be particularly evident in Africa. The relationship between China and Africa is predominantly economic, but China’s role in Africa is continuously increasing in the political and security domains. Increased involvement provides new…