It is hoped that this set of carefully curated articles will stimulate reflection, critical thought and debate on Africa’s responses to terrorism.
The introductory paper, by guest editors Sven Botha and Suzanne Graham of the University of Johannesburg, sets out key developments in the field as a new decade dawns. Next, Kayla Arnold interrogates how epidemics have been used by terrorist organisations to further their objectives, with a focus on the threat to vaccination campaigns; Vesna Markovic looks at the difficulties of disrupting terrorism financing generally, and particularly in Nigeria and Somalia; and Stephen Buchanan-Clarke considers South Africa’s role in responding to international terrorism, with a focus on developments in Southern Africa.
Other articles include a study by Daisy Muibu, based on empirical data from Kismayo (Somalia), examining public perceptions of police militarisation and how they affect public support for police empowerment, and an exploration by Emeka Njoku and Joshua Akintayo of terrorism’s role in the sex economy and sexual violence in north-eastern Nigeria. Two other papers look at national responses to terrorism in Kenya (Juliet Kamau) and Nigeria (Sven Botha). Finally, Monday Hassan theorises on the resilience of Boko Haram. The issue also includes five book reviews.
By Sven Botha and Suzanne Graham
By Kayla Arnold
By Vesna Markovic
By Stephen Buchanan-Clarke
By Juliet Kamau
By Daisy Muibu
By Sven Botha
By Emeka Thaddues Njoku and Joshua Akintayo
By Monday Zitta Hassan
Reviewed by Anthoni van Nieuwkerk
Reviewed by Imrana Buba
Reviewed by Cori Wielenga
Reviewed by Tertius M Jacobs
Reviewed by Ayse D Lokmanoglu
By Jakkie Cilliers