The world’s fastest growing continent demographically, Africa displays nearly all the features of today’s global security challenges: armed conflict, terrorism, irregular migration, organized crime, great power competition, public discontent, and economic turbulence. John Siko and Jonah Victor present their lessons from professional practice and pedagogical approach from the classroom in a concise guidebook that leads students and professionals through the most important issues, dynamics, challenges, and considerations for analysing and planning responses to security developments in Africa. This book provides issue-by-issue primers on the causes and consequences of Africa’s security challenges that include: -how to anticipate security problems across current political and economic events -how to analyse African security institutions and military capabilities -how to understand historical trends across the African continent and appreciate unique variations among countries. -how to identify key drivers of future trends -how to connect security analysis to policy planning Learning is supported through the following features: – Thematic chapters which are optimized to help the reader quickly connect to the key concepts and analytic frameworks within the field. – The most relevant historical case studies, enabling students to engage in sophisticated analysis and discussion. – Connections and contrasts between the situations in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, which are traditionally studied separately. – Special sections on understanding race and ethnicity, and advice on traveling in Africa. – Chapter-end checklists of key questions to enable practical engagement with the topics covered.
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