An evolving threat: the two faces of Sahel terrorism

Terrorism watchers, particularly those in the Sahel region, tend to divide into two camps. First, there are those that see the emergence of terrorism in Africa to be a relative recent phenomenon that has come to prominence only in the last decade with the affiliation of AQIM and its various iterations to international terrorist movements.…

ASD2030: Addressing Organized Crime as a Development Issue

The approval of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ASD2030) is a decisive moment for policy developments in the area of combatting transnational organised crime. Approved at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York at the end of September 2015, ASD2030 supersedes the previous Millennium Development Goals. For the first time, it recognises organised…

Guinea Bissau elections: a new dawn for Africa’s first narco-state?

On May 18th, over 600,000 citizens in Guinea-Bissau, or just over 78 percent of all registered voters, patiently queued up and peacefully submitted their ballots to elect a new president.  This election marks the end of an unelected transitional administration that took power after a military coup d’état in April 2012, which set the country…