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Institute for Security Studies

The ISS conducts fieldwork and quantitative futures research to understand national, regional and continental trends in conflict, politics, economics and development. Results inform local and international policy and strategy, and enable decision makers to test the implications of their policy choices well into the future.


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Armed policemen patrol ahead of the last governorship election in Anambra state, southeast Nigeria. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Election violence in Nigeria’s south east is threatening to derail voting in the region

Attacks on electoral materials and election commission officials in the south-east region of Nigeria could have serious implications for the overall success of 2023 presidential election.
Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja in March 2020. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

What’s behind terrorist attacks on churches in Nigeria

Incidents of terror attack on churches in Nigeria don’t happen in a vacuum. They are driven by jihadism, pastoral conflicts and related criminality.
Alain Libondo (17) left, and Nsinku Zihindula (25), hammering at solid rock to find cassiterite and coltan at Szibira, South Kivu. Photo by Tom Stoddart via Getty Images

What coltan mining in the DRC costs people and the environment

Coltan is indispensable to the making of modern electronic devices but its mining causes human and environmental disasters in the DR Congo.
Le ministre israélien de la Défense, Benny Gantz, serre la main du ministre marocain des Affaires étrangères, Nasser Bourita, à Rabat, le 24 novembre 2021, jour de la signature d’un accord de coopération sécuritaire entre les deux pays. Fadel Senna/AFP

Ce que change l’accord de coopération sécuritaire entre le Maroc et Israël

Cet accord, qui renforce le Maroc face à l’Algérie, a fait naître quelques inquiétudes dans plusieurs pays d’Europe.


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