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Regional integration in Southern Africa: Comparative International perspectives

"This volume traces the process of Southern African integration, comparing it with international experiences in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Integration in Southern Africa is made difficult not only because of economic differences, but also becau…

Guinea-Bissau: Beyond Rule of the Gun

Excerpt: "The assassinations of the chief of defence staff, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, on 1 March 2009 and President Joao Bernardo Nino Vieira early the next day have plunged Guinea-Bissau into deep uncertainty. National Assembly Speaker Raimundo…

Nigeria: Seizing the Moment in the Niger Delta

Excerpt: "The report of the government-constituted Technical Committee on the Niger Delta, submitted to Nigeria’s President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on 1 December 2008, offers an opportunity to reduce violent conflict significantly and begin longer-term …

Guinea-Bissau: In Need of a State

Excerpt: "Guinea-Bissau needs a state. Its political and administrative structures are insufficient to guarantee control of its territory, assure minimum public services or counter-balance the army’s dominance. This core weakness has been at the roo…

The privatisation of Security in Africa

"There is no doubt that the role of private protectors and armies has grown as conventional war has given way in much of the world to irregular, internal conflict. Africa is a case in point, as this study points out, where more than thirty wars have…

See no evil, hear no evil: The social economy of organised crime in Mozambique

"The rapid growth of organised crime in Southern Africa over the last decade has become a serious concern for both governments and citizens living in the region. In developing countries, organised crime activities exact a high cost in terms of healt…

The Wealth Within, The Wealth Unseen: Reflections on the Gulf of Guinea's Maritime Domain

"The rapid escalation of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Aden over the past decade has made maritime security a policy priority both for Africa and globally. Although maritime security incidents also increased in the Gulf of Guinea, o…

The Evolution of Organised Crime in Africa Towards a New Response

"This paper attempts to better understand the drivers behind the growth of organised crime in Africa by examining its evolution over time. It finds that organised crime is inextricably linked to the development and changing nature of the African st…

Cyber crime and data privacy: how Africa can up its game

Africa is the  fastest growing continent when it comes to Internet penetration. The percentage of people on the continent using the Internet increased from a mere 2.1% in 2005 to 24.4% in 2018, according to the International Telecommunication Union …

Migrant smugglers are profiting from travel restrictions

Measures to contain COVID-19 are increasing demand for smuggling and subjecting migrants to even riskier conditions.

Le Golfe de Guinée, Zone de Contrastes: Richesses et Vulnérabilités / The Gulf of Guinea, an Area of Contrasts: Wealth and Vulnerabilities

The state of play of the geopolitical aspects of the Gulf of Guinea sub region, shows a significant availability of natural resources which constitute the main wealth of this area. On the contrary, it is noted that the availability of these riches d…

Commodity Smuggling in the Maghreb: A Silent Threat

Though largely silent, and not often associated with the same levels of violence as other forms of organized crime, illicit trade threatens national and broader regional security in myriad ways. Insufficiently appreciated, first and foremost, is the…

Nature versus Human Contrivance: Advancing the Centrality of Poor Governance to Irregular Migration in Africa

One of the greatest security concerns confronting the global community in recent times is irregular migration. Not only does this trigger trans-border crimes such as terrorism, human trafficking, and the resurgence of slavery; it is also the major c…

What Counts as ‘Evidence’?

Evidence-based policing is the application of empirical research to police decision-making. ‘Evidence’ means knowledge derived from the principles of scientific method, namely critical thinking and careful observation. Policing decisions should be …

Hotspot Policing for Murder and Robbery: A Cape Town Case Study

Accurate, point-level crime analysis and targeted hotspot policing can help reduce murder and robbery in South African cities. Using Durbanville and Nyanga, an analysis of SAPS point level murder and aggravated robbery data from 2006 to 2018 by plac…

Guide to Staying Safe On and Offline

This robust guide will offer you tips on how to stay safe online and offline, to avoid falling victim to kito, blackmail, or attacks.

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