Conflict networks in North and West Africa

The new OECD report on security was launched at the Sahel Coalition this week. Entitled “Conflict networks in North and West Africa”, the report maps the evolution of alliances and rivalries in the region since the late 1990s. Using Dynamic Social Network Analysis, the report examines how rivalries and alliances shape patterns of violence acrossContinue reading “Conflict networks in North and West Africa”

Security and Trade in African Borderlands

Special issue of Journal of Borderlands Studies Guest editor: Olivier J. Walther, Ph.D., University of Florida Abstract submission deadline: September 15, 2020 Background In recent decades, the multiplication of trade facilitation initiatives in Africa has been accompanied by a deterioration of security conditions in border areas. Trade activities have been significantly disrupted by political insecurity,Continue reading “Security and Trade in African Borderlands”

Uncovering the internal structure of Boko Haram

By Olivier J. Walther, University of Florida The internal structure of violent extremist organizations such as Boko Haram in West Africa remains largely unknown due to their secretive nature. Of particular importance is whether violent extremist organizations are centralized around a few key hubs or composed of highly decentralized cells. In a new paper publishedContinue reading “Uncovering the internal structure of Boko Haram”

What makes West African border cities special?

By Olivier J. Walther, University of Florida In a new paper published in French in IG today, African Networks Lab Coordinator Olivier Walther, Lawali Dambo and Moustapha Koné examine West Africa’s urbanization process and the demographic role of border cities in the region. The paper shows that West African border cities are different from otherContinue reading “What makes West African border cities special?”