Problematic quick fixes for Africa’s (Counter)Insurgencies

The persistence, growing violence and sophistication of terrorist attacks in African insurgencies have prompted debates whether the continent will overtake the Middle East and become next “theatre of violent jihad”. The latest Global Terrorism Index report seem to confirm analysts’ worries. While the total number of deaths from terrorism declined for the fifth consecutive yearContinue reading “Problematic quick fixes for Africa’s (Counter)Insurgencies”

Overcoming Area Studies’ Policy-Relevant Research Problem: The Case of the Sahel

Abstract Despite seven years of external military interventions to counter violent extremism, the security situation in the Sahel continues to deteriorate. Hard military approaches predominate in the region despite widespread recognition amongst Sahel specialists that the militarisation of the Sahel may actually be getting in the way of the search for a long-term political solution.Continue reading “Overcoming Area Studies’ Policy-Relevant Research Problem: The Case of the Sahel”

Paper presentation at New Area Studies Journal Launch Event

On 30th of November 2020, I will be taking part and contribute with a paper written alongside Dr Edward Stoddard & Prof Tony Chafer at the launch event for the New Area Studies – an innovative, interdisciplinary, open-access journal. More info, schedule, and registration info in the images. It discusses suggestions on how to overcome Area Studies’ Policy-Relevant ResearchContinue reading “Paper presentation at New Area Studies Journal Launch Event”


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