Nigeria: Boko Haram Teams Up With Bandits in Nigeria

[ISS] When Boko Haram faction leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the December 2020 mass abduction of more than 300 school boys in Katsina State, north-west Nigeria, he wasn't taken seriously - not even by government.

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South Africa: Failure Could Save South African Policing

[ISS] South Africa's recently released crime statistics reveal worrying increases in violent crime for the last quarter of 2020, including for murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and rape. They show that rising murder levels that started in 20...

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Africa: An African Agenda At the World Trade Organization

[ISS] Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes office as World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General today, on 1 March. As the first female and first African in this position, she joins other Africans at the top of powerful multilateral organisations - Dr Tedr...

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Somalia: Amisom Should Provide More Than Security in Somalia

[ISS] The African Union Mission to Somalia's time is drawing to a close. It's scheduled to end in December 2021, after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) extended the 28 February exit deadline. But instead of making preparations to leave, the g...

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South Africa: UN Security Council Term Has Ended – Now What?

[ISS] In December 2020, South Africa ended its two-year term as an elected member on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) - the country's third such term. Serving on the world's primary security institution gave South Africa experience to guide f...

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West Africa: Slow Progress for Latest Counter-Terrorism Plan

[ISS] More than a year after adopting an action plan to 'eradicate' terrorism in West Africa, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has made little progress. Despite expressions of support by member states, the regional body faces seve...

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