Wolfram Lacher on “Organized Crime and Conflict in the Sahel-Sahara Region.” He argues:
Western governments have focused heavily on AQIM’s presence, providing technical assistance in an attempt to strengthen the capacity of the security sectors and justice systems to combat the group. But Western governments have underestimated, if not ignored, the destabilizing impact of organized crime in the region. AQIM itself is in part a criminal network, kidnapping Western nationals with the double aim of extorting ransoms and freeing the group’s imprisoned members. And up until Mali’s military coup of March 2012, state complicity with organized crime was the main factor enabling AQIM’s growth and a driver of conflict in the north of the country. Actors involved in organized crime currently wield decisive political and military influence in northern Mali.
Jalal Abdel-latif: “Ethiopia and the Horn: Continuity Predicted in Rough Neighborhood”
The World Bank: “Kenya’s Education Dividend”
Think Africa Press: “Uganda: Hidden Hunger in the Capital”
Amb. John Campbell on British concerns about transnational funding for Nigeria’s Boko Haram.
A Q&A from Human Rights Watch on the case of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré.
Baobab on aviation and art in Nigeria.
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