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Title:A retrospective look at peace and security in Africa in 2012
Author:Dersso, Solomon A.ISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:political violence
regional security
political stability
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2013.766444
Abstract:Apart from existing conflicts in places such as Sudan, Somalia, and Madagascar in 2012 Africa witnessed the eruption of major armed conflicts involving rebel groups and a rise in emerging threats to security, particularly terrorism and other forms of transnational threats. Newly erupted conflicts include the Tuareg rebellion in Mali, the M23 rebellion in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and the conflict in the Central African Republic. In providing an analytical review of these developments and their implications for the peace and security trends of Africa, this article points out that while the number and persistence of conflicts in Africa has in general been on decline, various parts of the continent continue to experience serious challenges to peace and security. Governance-related problems (notably serious democratic deficits and horizontal inequalities) and State fragility constitute the two common features of almost all of the existing and new crises affecting the continent in 2012. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]