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Parents of students abducted from Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, pray inside the school premises. Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Violent extremism could beckon in north-western Nigeria if local dynamics are ignored

To stem the tide of violent extremism across the Sahel region, especially northwest Nigeria, the vulnerabilities and grudges of border communities need to be properly addressed.
A classroom burnt during a typical outbreak of eco-violence in Okolo-Agatu, Benue State, north central Nigeria. Emmanuel Arewa/AFP via Getty Images

Herder-farmer conflict in the Sahel needs a new description: why ‘eco-violence’ fits

Labels that emphasise the social identities of the contending parties not only impede efforts to comprehend their causes but also obscure their vast dimensions.
Some African and European leaders at the last AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, November 2017. Philippe Wojazer/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s relations with the EU: a reset is possible if Europe changes its attitude

The persistent power inequalities between Africa and Europe do not bode well for supposed change. This is why the latest summit is important.
Des manifestants tiennent une photo du lieutenant-colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, qui a mené le coup d'État contre le président du Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré. Photo by Olympia De Maismont/AFP via Getty Images

Après un quatrième coup d'État en Afrique de l'Ouest, il est temps de réajuster la réponse internationale

Avec le dernier coup d'État au Burkina Faso, les décideurs politiques ouest-africains, français et américains sont à la croisée des chemins.
A stash of Kalashnikovs and locally made hunting rifles surrendered by a local vigilante group in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Arms trade to Africa can be opaque: why this is dangerous

New illicit flows of arms and ammunition contribute to fueling conflict and instability in West Africa.

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