Africa Conflict Monitor - latest Issue
Source: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 4 –8 (2016)More Less
Africa's land and resources have diminished in the wake of the continent's ever-expanding human population, while the power of nationalism and tribalism has not. The tension between the have-nots seeking control over scant resources and their cultural identities has been the catalyst for violence from Northern to Southern Africa.
More UN peacekeepers in South Sudan to halt East Africa's most virulent crisis : Africa wide - featured analysisSource: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 9 –16 (2016)More Less
Tribal tensions in Ethiopia reflect the continuing impact of historical conquests on African people today. For many Africans, tribal identity is more important than national identity, and governments that fail to recognise the power of ethnicity face civil uprisings and possibly civil war.
Source: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 18 –25 (2016)More Less
Surprisingly, no shots have been fired by African navies against foreign vessels that illegally plunder fish and undersea mineral resources from Africa's territorial waters. However, as fish stocks diminish and African peoples' understanding of the value of sea minerals grows, aggressive responses will replace government's lackadaisical attitudes.
Assessing Africa's risk for travellers
ACM interview with Ryan Cummings - Director, Signal Risk : Africa wide - informed insights - interviews with expertsSource: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 26 –32 (2016)More Less
International tourist arrivals in Africa increased by 5% in the first half of 2016. Because conflict dangers influence the plans of business people and vacationers, a cottage industry devoted to travellers' interests has become integral to foreign travel in Africa. ACM discussed industry trends and the primary risks for visitors to some of Africa's most popular travel destinations with Ryan Cummings, Director of Signal Risk, an Africa-focused security management consultancy that assists organisations to keep their staff safe when they travel in Africa.
Source: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 35 –40 (2016)More Less
Security forces use 'enforced disappearances' as a means to stifle political dissent. As an elected government that increasingly acts like a dictatorial regime, the Sisi administration has failed to remember how previous autocratic governments fared when they pushed the Egyptian people too far. With the military firmly in charge, any popular pushback will prove bloody.
Source: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 42 –48 (2016)More Less
Source: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 49 –54 (2016)More Less
Children are not merely collateral damage in the jihadist rebel group Boko Haram's incursions into Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and other West African countries. With a goal of destabilising society so that they might fill a vacuum with an Islamic totalitarian state, the terrorists intend to destroy the region's youngest generation by abduction, enforced ignorance, rape and starvation.
In Gabon, Central Africa sees the region's first people power uprising against corruption : Central Africa - regional analysisSource: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 56 –61 (2016)More Less
In a region long accustomed to dictators perpetuating power through election rigging, the citizens of Gabon have had enough of the 40-year political dynasty of the Bongo family. Notwithstanding whether Bongo's latest election fraud will stand in the long run, Africa's trend toward real democracy is taking root in Central Africa.
Will Lesotho be the world's first country to lose its sovereignty due to global warming? : Southern Africa - regional analysisSource: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 63 –70 (2016)More Less
The failed state of Lesotho should have been incorporated into South Africa decades ago, and competition over Southern African water sources may ensure this colonial-era plan is accomplished. Lesotho's only substantial natural resource, water, is already causing political scandal in South Africa as Johannesburg goes without.
ACM Country in Focus : Sierra Leone
Assessing the political, business and economic impacts of conflict : back pagesSource: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 71 –72 (2016)More Less
Government's post-Ebola recovery efforts have been accompanied by infighting in the ruling party, including a cabinet reshuffle executed by President Ernest Bai Koroma. Investment, which dwindled during the Ebola outbreak, is beginning to rebound. Higher international iron ore prices will support the country's return to economic growth in 2016.
ACM Country Profile : South Africa
Assessing the political, business and economic impacts of conflict : back pagesSource: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 73 –74 (2016)More Less
Africa's largest and most diversified economy continued to attract foreign investment during 2016. However, policy uncertainty engendered by a battle within government for control of the country's finances threatens to undermine investor confidence. Popular support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) waned in 2016 as a focus on internal party politics hampered national governance.
Source: Africa Conflict Monitor 2016, pp 75 –80 (2016)More Less
Considering that more than 190 African game park rangers have been killed since 2009, 32 in the 12-month period from July 2015 alone, and dozens are wounded annually in combat against poachers, it is evident that a low-level war is taking place. Foreign entities, specifically Asian nations, are responsible for the killings to meet their people's appetite for elephant tusks and rhino horn.