Category Archives: Africa

Terrorism at lowest level since 2002

Global terrorism has been decreasing steadily since 2002. The number of terror attacks decreased 19.8% in 2017, following drops of 9.2% and 11.5% in the preceding two years, according to this article. Terrorism-related deaths declined 24.2% in 2017 following drops … Continue reading

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Countering organized crime in the Horn of Africa

This columnĀ is an interview with a UNODC official responsible for countering organized crime and illegal trafficking. His unit together with Interpol held a workshop in Eritrea and have been working closely with police and others in East Africa for the … Continue reading

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State security service in Nigeria

This column discusses recent improvements in Nigeria’s domestic intelligence/state security agency, the DSS. It had become highly politicized under recent administrations, seeking greater publicity but losing effectiveness and credibility. Since August a new director has returned the agency to a … Continue reading

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Global Law & Order Report

Gallup’s latest law & order report, based on 148,000 surveys in 142 countries in 2017, can be accessed here. Residents of Venezuela felt least safe and also had the least confidence in police. Regionally, people in Latin America and the … Continue reading

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Improved terror response in Kenya

This columnĀ and this article credit dramatically improved response to last week’s Riverside terror attack in Nairobi, compared to the 2013 Westgate attack, for better results — fewer casualties, more evacuations, and quicker resolution. Coordination, command and control among security forces … Continue reading

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Lack of accountability for police violence in Kenya

In its 2019 World Report, Human Rights Watch highlights police abuses in Kenya, citing “Lack of accountability for serious human rights violations, perpetrated largely by security forces … abusive police operations in opposition strongholds, with police beating and shooting to … Continue reading

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Civil society & anti-corruption

An experienced prosecutor with international experience has been selected to head South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority. As described here, her appointment and that of new police leadership in the country has been more transparent than in the past, allowing input … Continue reading

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