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Taliban militants and Afghan civilians celebrate the signing of a peace deal with the United States on March 2. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taliban are megarich – here’s where they get the money they use to wage war in Afghanistan

Because the Taliban's insurgency is so well financed, the Afghan government must spend enormous sums on war, too. A peace accord would free up funds for basic services, economic development and more.
A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’ Matthew Kirschenbaum/Wikimedia Commons

War games shed light on real-world strategies

War games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
A global survey claims South Africans don’t trust their police. EPA/Nic Bothma

Why the global survey on safety is deeply flawed

The Law and Order Index says South Africans feel less secure than people in Yemen, the DRC and Libya, countries all affected by violent conflict.
Women carry goods across a makeshift bridge in the Ilaje slum in Lagos. Widening inequality is fuelling tensions across Nigeria. Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Economic inequality lies behind growing calls for secession in Nigeria

Protests are raising tensions in Africa's most populous country, with agitators and federal troops clashing on the streets. But is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has agreed a truce with opposition Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama. EPA/Antonio Silva

Mozambique’s unexpected truce still hangs in the balance

The main sticking point in the failed efforts at peace is the demand by Renamo that it be allowed to appoint provincial governors in the provinces where it claims to have won an electoral majority.
Baby Lurky, whose family was displaced by Boko Haram in the northeast region of Nigeria, sleeps at a camp in Adamawa State. Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigeria’s constitution holds the key to protecting internally displaced people

The rise in the number of people fleeing Boko Haram terror calls for urgent amendments to Nigeria's constitution to provide legal protection to the country's millions of internally displaced citizens.
Tensions between cattle herders and crop-farming communities in Nigeria have escalated in the past few months. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Nigeria faces new security threat fuelled by climate change and ethnicity

Escalating clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria threaten the country's national and food security. A response based on innovation, sustainability and political will is urgently needed.
Women march on Abuja demanding the rescue of 200 schoolgirls. Deji Yake/EPA

Teaching under siege in Nigeria gripped by fear of Boko Haram

The world is waking up to Boko Haram. More than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from the classes last month remain missing. A car bomb in Abuja on May 1 killed at least 19 people. I live in fear of Boko Haram…

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