Taliban militants and Afghan civilians celebrate the signing of a peace deal with the United States on March 2.
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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 Nigerian Navy unit on patrol, looking for illegal oil refineries in the Niger Delta region near Port Harcourt.
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Mismanagement of funds appears to be the biggest challenge confronting the Niger Delta peacebuilding programme.
Woman selling dried fish at the Benin City market.
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Although COVID-19 measures have had a negative impact on food supply in Nigeria, there are other factors responsible for the dramatic rise in food prices.
A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’
Matthew Kirschenbaum/Wikimedia Commons
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.
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.
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?
Leader of Fulani herdsmen Haruna Usman pictured by Reuters in 2014.
Attacks by Fulani herdsmen on communities in West Africa are increasing in number and in sophistication. Regional and national authorities must respond promptly to arrest the threat.
Local vigilantes patrol communities in north east Nigeria to repel attacks by Boko Haram militants.
Nigeria's failure to protect its citizens from Boko Haram's insurgency has given rise to vigilante groups north east of the country.
Children at a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram insurgents in North-East Nigeria.
More than 788 health facilities have been destroyed in parts of North-Eastern Nigeria captured by Boko Haram insurgents, crippling health services in the area.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has agreed a truce with opposition Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
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.
Filipinos protest after a huge bombing in Davao.
A major insurgency is humiliating the Filipino army and sucking in huge ransoms – but all anyone wants to talk about is Islamic State.
Álvaro Uribe isn’t leaving anything to chance.
EPA/Mauricio Duenas Castaneda
After 52 years fighting the FARC, Colombia is about to vote on a comprehensive peace deal. But not everyone wants in.
A pastoralist refugee in Cameroon.
The marked increase in the number of Nigerian pastoralists fleeing Boko Haram terror in northeastern Nigeria last year reflects a trend that started three years ago.
Naseema Dar, right, a 40-year-old half-widow, sits next to her 14-year-old daughter and a photo of her husband.
What happens to mothers, wives and daughters left behind after conflict?
President Rodrigo Duterte talks with former president Benigno Aquino III, shown here in 2013.
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The Philippines suffers from many internal conflicts. Can the new president bring about a much-needed peace?
Residents view an army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria.
Despite military successes against Boko Haram, Nigeria needs to face up to the unpalatable truth that military force alone will not win the deadly war, and start discussions about peace building.
Baby Lurky, whose family was displaced by Boko Haram in the northeast region of Nigeria, sleeps at a camp in Adamawa State.
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.
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.
A photograph made available by a jihadist affiliated group.
This week Twitter began suspending accounts related to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham). This follows an ISIS fighter reportedly posting the photo of the head of a decapitated Iraqi police major…
Women march on Abuja demanding the rescue of 200 schoolgirls.
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…