In the first half of 2018, political violence in the central african republic has both increased and spread to new regions see the maps of aug-dec 2017 and jan-may 2018 to observe the spread of violence across new regions. The levels of political violence in the country are now causing increasing concern, with elections in nigeria just a few weeks away nigeria's oil producing areas have been particularly volatile in recent weeks, with continuing instability in the rivers and creeks of delta state, forcing the evacuation of major oil facilities and severely disrupting production there. Social conflict and political violence in africa is a complex subject, and it will be useful to note a few trends in african civil violence, discuss a common (but misleading) explanations for civil wars in africa, and then suggest two alternative framing for the patterns observed.
Terrorism and political violence in africa: contemporary trends in a shifting terrain by james jf forest and jennifer giroux introduction in 1994, martha crenshaw’s edited volume terrorism in africa made clear how terrorism – generally defined as a tactic that uses violence or the threat of violence as a coercive strategy to cause fear and political intimidation – was a feature. 6 political and electoral violence in east africa introduction political and electoral violence are pernicious vices that continue to afflict all the three east african states it is a truism that these two are mother and baby: with political. Monitoring and responding to political violence in south africa 2018-10-23 the human sciences research council and the institute for security studies in partnership with gun free sa, the south african local government association and the society, work and politics institute at wits university will co-host this closed workshop on political violence.
West africa has been grappling with violent conflicts and civil strife for decades, however, the periods between the 1980s and the 1990s leading to the new millennium presented more violent and protracted conflicts which destabilized many of its economies (aning and bah 2009 unsc report 2011. 1 introduction despite the marked decrease in the incidence of civil war in africa, political violence remain pervasive much of this political violence is directed (or tacitly allowed) by ruling. The social conflict analysis database (scad) is a resource for conducting research and analysis on various forms of social and political unrest in africa it includes over 20,000 social conflict events across africa from 1990 to 2011, including riots, strikes, protests, coups, and communal violence.
High profile political violence among refugees in sub-saharan africa has focused the attention of scholars and policymakers on the overall security of refugee camps. Political violence has deep historical roots in south africa but if violence has figured prominently, it usually has not proved too difficult to make sense of it: the violence of conquest, the violence of frontier wars, the violence of apartheid and of the struggle against apartheid, the criminal violence of gangs and the ritualized violence of faction fights. Political violence in africa is rising and it is more complex than before but it is significantly less deadly than in previous decades, according to a number of conflict data sources open-source. This south african province faced a civil war-scale political conflict between the african national congress (anc) and the inkatha freedom party (ifp) in the 80s and early 90s, in which a geographical jig-saw-puzzle of party strongholds was established by violence.
Another type of violence has come with competition for the second generation of political leadership in africa for example, in response to the despotism of idi amin and milton obote, ugandans introduced a new style of liberation movement in the early 1980s. Vanda felbab-brown and james forest draw on field research in several west african countries to illustrate the dynamic relationships between political violence and organized crime in this sub-region. Political transitions in francophone sub-saharan africa have consistently been problematic due in part to the fact that incumbent heads of state have been obsessed with retaining political power. The epidemic of violence against women in africa africa has a long standing tradition of incredibly unequal power between men and women this has led to an extremely high rate of violence against women.
Election violence is regarded as a sub-category of political violence that is primarily distinguished by its timing and motive it is a coercive and deliberate strategy used by po-litical actors – incumbents as well as opposition parties – violence electoral violence in africa. Recent trends in political violence & protests in africa this interactive visual displays maps and charts featuring recent trends in political violence and protests in africa apply or remove filters by country and event type to broaden or limit your assessment of the data.
Acled defines political violence as the use of force by a group with a political purpose or motivation the database uses this definition to catalog a number of what it refers to as political events across africa and south east asia. This paper contributes to debates on the crisis of the african state, particularly the challenge posed by the rent-seeking elite, ethnicity and political violence. The african union series election-related disputes and political violence strengthening the role of the african union in preventing, managing, and. Joe young is a political scientist at american university together, they edit this blog to provide simple, straight-forward analysis of political violence around the world together, they edit this blog to provide simple, straight-forward analysis of political violence around the world.