Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 06:16
To meet 21st Century security challenges, national security strategies across the African continent are evolving to put economic development as a core facet.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 06:11
Peacekeeping operations on the African continent are evolving to become more diverse and regional than ever before.
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 06:30
Nowhere are the benefits of strong logistics and the shortcomings of weak logistics seen more starkly than in African peace operations. -
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 06:29
Civil military relations and the upholding of constitutional requirements are key dimensions of the leadership required for advancing security in Africa.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 06:35
With President Obama travelling to Kenya and Ethiopia this week, the Africa Center’s Dr. Ben Nickels, Chair of Transnational Threats and Counterterrorism, reviews some of the key issues that merit watching.
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:40
The territorial waters of most Africa states are vulnerable because sovereign control is seldom fully exercised due to inadequate maritime domain awareness and response capacity and threats will increase unless African governments enhance their security capacity.
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 07:14
The Boko Haram insurgency, escalating since 2011, had exposed the deterioration of the Nigerian military’s capacity—a military once touted as the most capable in Africa. Problems in command and control and lack of accountability are among major challenges that Nigerian military is currently facing.
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 06:45
The rapid expansion of Boko Haram’s influence in northern Nigeria is as much a reflection of ineffective and weak government presence at the federal, state, and local levels as of the dominance of Boko Haram militarily. “You cannot fix this insurgency without fixing the state,” warns Hussein Solomon. - See more at:
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 06:15
Setbacks in security sector reform (SSR) efforts in Africa in recent years are reminders that establishing an effective and accountable security sector is inextricably linked to the quality of democratic governance. Only legitimately elected leaders have built-in incentives to create capable security sectors focused on citizen security.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 06:43
Maintaining social cohesion in the face of a sustained effort by Al Shabaab to foment ethnic and religious divisions in Kenya is vital for marginalizing extremist actors and avoiding sectarian strife. Key to this will be building trust in the effectiveness, professionalism, and transparency of Kenya’s security sector.