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Oil From The Sea: Trends and Portents

The article looks at how oil is increasingly being extracted from the seabed and the exploitation of petroleum beneath the seas. "West Africa is growing into an important oil-producing region, with Nigeria in the lead."

Leadership Required: Drug Trafficking and the Crisis of Statehood in West Africa

"Beginning in the middle of the last decade, the international community was alerted to the fact that drug trafficking in West Africa was in danger of spawning a series of near ‘narco-­‐states’: countries whose economies, politics and social struc…

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2006

"The articles in this edition reflect on the deeprooted seeds of conflict by bringing closer together the void between peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and understanding the importance of human security within the context of state security. The plan…

Other Facets no 36

‘The Case for KP Reform: If Not Now, When?’ looks at how lost and directionless for many years, the KP (Kimberley Process) has rightly been criticized of late for coasting on autopilot and deferring any hard action on problems that come its way. ‘Ci…

Other Facets no 21

In ‘Brazilian Diamond Exports Resumed: Fraud wider than originally believed, ’ the challenge for Brazil will be to enforce new regulations, which are largely computer based, in a system where huge volumes of diamonds are mined by diggers with no leg…

Challenges for Women in Peacebuilding in West Africa

"This paper examines the challenges women’s groups have faced in peacebuilding in West Africa, predominantly using the experience of the Women Peace and Security Network –Africa (WIPSEN-Africa). The paper will share experiences of women in peaceb…

Gender Justice in Post Conflict Countries in East, Central and Southern Africa

"During a country's transition to peace, unique opportunities emerge to promote gender equality and gender justice, particularly in the context of peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction processes and structures. The articles in this mag…

What Factors Influence Health Policy Entrepreneurs in West Africa?

"This paper investigates the agenda-setting criteria used by policy entrepreneurs directly involved in the implementation of user-fee abolition or reduction policies for maternal care services in Africa. The study uses an experimental technique, bes…

The Involvement of the Private Security Sector in Peacekeeping Missions

"PMSCs had been used in Iraq and Afghanistan and played an increasingly important role in both modern warfare and peacekeeping, a fact that could not be ignored. Likewise, the role that Executive Outcomes played in supporting the government in Sierr…

A Critical Assessment of Security Challenges in West Africa

"This paper aims to appraise and map the security challenges that have faced West African countries since independence with a special focus on the period after 1990. It also assesses the efforts made by various national, regional, continental and …

A Critical Assessment of Security Challenges in West Africa

"This paper aims to appraise and map the security challenges that have faced West African countries since independence with a special focus on the period after 1990. It also assesses the efforts made by various national, regional, continental and e…

British Native policy and administration in tropical Africa

The separation in 1925 of the Colonial Office into two Departments of State, for Dominions and Colonies, was a turning point in the history of the colonial dependencies, allowing the Secretary of State for the Colonies to concentrate on the problems…

Challenges to Security Sector Reform in the Horn of Africa

"The CPRD and ISS are both committed to continuing research in the field of SSR in the Horn of Africa and in supporting national governments and regional organisations in furthering the important and essential work on SSR. It is in this spirit that …

The Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Humanitarian Challenges in West Africa

"The workshop provided a forum where existing initiatives, domestic, national and regional, were examined and considered with the aim of improving civilian protection in the region. In order to achieve this, participants were tasked with analyzing…

SA and West Africa: Between Democracy and despair?

"President Nelson Mandela looks set to attend the inauguration of Nigeria's President-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May. Nigeria's democratisation process has placed the spotlight on West Africa, a region overshadowed since independence by a combina…

Policy Brief : Corruption and State Instability in West Africa

"The policy brief discusses how corruption contributes to political instability in West Africa and calls for the institution of appropriate sub-regional anti-corruption framework to deal with it. It argues that as long as the problem of corruption …

Public Information as a Mission Critical Component of West African Peace Operations

"The aim of this monograph is to analyse the extent to which PI has become mission critical in West African peace operations. By extrapolating, analyzing and drawing on lessons learned, the aim is to highlight where such a capability can be prioriti…

Policy Brief : The Challenges of Restoring Stability to Fragile States in West Africa

"The West African sub-region has since the early 1990s, been devastated by armed conflicts that have led to large-scale atrocities, mass displacement of populations and a general sense of insecurity. In what has been subtly referred to in most secur…

Policy Brief : Counter-Terrorism and the National Security of African States: Points of Convergence and Departure

"Africa’s recognition of the threat of terrorism to the continent has culminated in the galvanisation of national, regional and international efforts towards counter-terrorism on the continent. The renewed efforts have culminated in the (1) designin…

Oil, Corruption and Conflict in West Africa : The Failure of Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

"This report provides an analysis of the influence of international oil corporations (IOC's) on the economic, political and social framework of oil dependent countries. This issue is particularly topical because of recent off shore oil discoveries a…

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