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Title:An overview of conflict in Africa in 2014
Author:de Villiers, Shirley
Year:2015
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Volume:24
Issue:1
Pages:89-100
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Central African Republic
Nigeria
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Subjects:civil wars
conflict
2014
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2015.1011867
Abstract:Violent conflict escalated in Africa in 2014, with five sub-Saharan states - the Central African Republic (CAR), Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan - accounting for an estimated 75 per cent of all conflict-related deaths on the continent. This paper provides an overview of the five major sub-Saharan African conflicts in 2014 and considers the underlying causes and dynamics in the Seleka/anti-Balaka conflict in the CAR, the Islamist threats of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab in Nigeria and Somalia, the civil war in South Sudan, and the long-running conflict between Sudan's government and southern and Darfuri rebels. The paper unpacks the general trends evident in these conflicts and the implications for the settlement thereof, including the targeting of civilians, ethnic and religious mobilisation and the state as epicentre of violence. The paper concludes with a brief look ahead to 2015. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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