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At the heart of discontent: measuring public violence in South Africa
L. Lancaster / Institute for Security Studies 2016
civil protests and strike action have become increasingly commonplace in South Africa. Although several institutions collect data on various forms of protest, the available information varies in quality, reliability, coverage and acce...
Conflict analysis of Muslim Mindanao
A.L. Strachan / Governance and Social Development Resource Centre 2015
The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), situated within the Philippines and initially founded in 1989, consists of five provinces – Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Conflict between Moro groups s...
Conflict briefing notes: conflict briefing No.31, December 2015
Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme 2015
Some cases of attacks by the suspected militants of Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna Liddaawati W al Jihad (JAS) were reported in communities in Yobe and Borno states in December 2015. However, the Federal Government announced that the military ha...
Social media as instrument of global mobilisation: a textual analysis of the 'bring back our girls' campaign
M. N. Nwabuzor; C. V. Gever 2015
The abduction of over 200 female students from Chibok in April, 2014, by the outlawed Boko Haram insurgents attracted global condemnation which went viral on social media. Such acts are at variance with international norms of freedom ...
Bodies on the streets: gender resistance and collectivity in the Gezi revolts
Ece Canli; Fatma Umul 2015
The summer 2013 saw enormous public demonstrations in Istanbul which engraved an image of solidarity and change in the political history of Turkey. This sense of solidarity encompassed numerous, diverse groups from different political...
Enhancing maritime domain awareness in Africa
T. Walker / Institute for Security Studies 2015
While numerous crimes and threats occur in the African maritime domain, there is also great potential for prosperity. African states are positioning themselves to benefit from the oceans and seas by implementing strategies on continen...
Understanding insurgent margins in Kenya, Nigeria and Mali
J. Lind; C. Dowd / Institute of Development Studies UK 2015
In recent years, violent insurgency has gripped the margins of Kenya, Mali and Nigeria. Militant Islamist groups have attacked civilian populations, state security personnel and political-administrative officials, spreading insecurity...
Counter-terrorism in South Asia: new threats call for deeper cooperation
W. John; J. Bhattacharjee / Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi 2015
With foreign forces drawing down in Afghanistan, there is an inevitable loss of focus on the threat of terrorism in the highly vulnerable region of South Asia. But almost every country in the region, barring Bhutan, continues to confr...
Thinking outside the box: exploring the critical roles of sports, arts, and culture in preventing violent extremism
Hedayah 2015
Unlike traditional law-enforcement and military responses to terrorism and conflict, countering violent extremism (CVE) efforts take a preventive approach aimed at reducing the appeal and recruiting potential of extremist groups. Rece...
Resurgence of al-Qaeda in South Asia post-US drawdown
A. Bhatnagar; W. John / Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi 2015
As 2014 came to a close, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation A(NATO) ended its then 13-year-old military operations in Afghanistan against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The US-led international military coalition began its withdrawal o...
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