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Central African Republic: A Conflict Misunderstood

The Central African Republic has been troubled by periodic surges of violence for quite some time. The democratic election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in the December 2015-February 2016 presidential elections offered hope of a new era for…

Is Côte d’Ivoire Facing Religious Radicalism?

Religious radicalism in Côte d’Ivoire has not, for the moment, reached the scale seen elsewhere in the region. However, the country is not immune to the phenomenon. One example is the influence that Pentecostalists had on the hardline posture adopte…

Mali's Young ‘Jihadists’ Fuelled by Faith or Circumstance?

Young people in the ranks of the armed jihadist groups in Mali are portrayed as unemployed, idle and fanatical . There is however little empirical data to support this characterization. Little research has been done in the Malian context where the…

The Dynamics of Youth Radicalisation in Africa Reviewing the Current Evidence

Youth radicalisation towards violent extremism is a global phenomenon that threatens peace, security and stability. The evidence on the factors that may contribute to the dynamics of youth radicalization is reviewed in this paper. Available finding…

Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Somalia: A Mapping Report

Somalia’s perennial, multifaceted, continuous conflicts and recurring political instability, orchestrated mainly by the Al-Shabaab insurgency, but largely influenced by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have resulted in a deterioration of …

The Question of Marginalisation and Vulnerability to Violent Extremism in Uganda

Over the years, Uganda has experienced various manifestations of violent extremism which have informed conceptions of violent extremism among the various P/CVE actors. However, unlike others in the region, the Government of Uganda has ostensibly ado…

Transitional Justice in Crisis Situations: Addressing Violent Extremism Beyond a Militarised Approach

While transitional justice mechanisms have been repeatedly proffered and experimented in virtually every African country that has undergone armed conflict since 1990, its application in situations of unconventional warfare, as is the case with viole…

Resilience and Dialogue: Preventing Violent Extremism in Nairobi, Wajir, and Kwale Counties in Kenya

Preventing Violent Extremism in Uganda: The role of Resilience and Dialogue

This report explores two distinct but complementary approaches to addressing violent extremism at the local community level in Uganda. In the first approach, communities engage their agency in building resilience to the conditions that contribute to…

Impact of COVID-19 on P/CVE: Setting the Research Agenda

COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a near standstill with widespread direct and indirect consequences spanning public health, socio-economic, political, and security dimensions. In the Horn of Africa, the pandemic has presented yet another l…

The Threat of Kenyan Al Shabab Recruits and Returnees: Emphasizing the Soft Approach to Managing 'Home-grown Terror'

This brief explores the question of radicalization, recruitment, and involvement of Kenyan youth in al Shabab’s terror. It examines motivations behind these trends and pathways to recruitment of Kenyan youth by foreign terrorist groups. To stop home…

Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya: Experiences and Innovations

Kenya is one of East Africa’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to violent extremism and radicalisation. Both state and non-state actors have taken many measures to prevent these phenomena, particularly among the youth in Kenya’s north-east an…

Tillabéri Region, Niger: Concerning Cycle of Attrocities

Tillabéri region of Niger is witnessing unprecedented level of ethnic-based violence. The January 2 massacre caught the national and international actors’ attention, however; the event was preventable. Accessing communities through ethnically charge…

Province de Cabo Delgado au Mozambique: Points Communs et Différences avec les Autres Terres du "Djihadisme Autoproclamé" en Afrique / Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province: Commonalities and Discrepancies with Other African Lands of "Self-proclaimed Jihad"

This paper sets out to explore the specifics of Northern Mozambique, where a self-proclaimed Islamist movement has been active over the past three years. The movement's activity brought the roll-out of one of Africa's premier projects in recent econ…

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