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African security in the twenty-first centuryChallenges and opportunities$
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Stephen Emerson and Hussein Solomon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526122735

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526122735.001.0001

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Terrorism and extremism

Terrorism and extremism

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(p.86) 5 Terrorism and extremism
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African security in the twenty-first century
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Stephen Emerson

Hussein Solomon

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526122735.003.0005

Since September 2001, the struggle against international terrorism and extremism across the globe has become a defining security paradigm of the 21st century. Africa is now an inescapable and increasingly critical part of this new security equation. This presents an enormous political and socio-economic challenge for many African countries and organizations that are already over burden trying to cope with longstanding and other newly arising security threats. Terrorism and extremism, however, are certainly not new to Africa, but what has changed in the post-September 11th world for Africa is the apparent melding of domestic and international terrorism and extremism. Accordingly, much of the success or failure to counter these threats will be as much affected by the actions and policies of external forces than on the capabilities (or lack thereof) of African governments and institutions.

Keywords:   radical Islamists, al Qaeda, AQIM, al Shabaab, Boko Haram, Islamic State, “hearts and minds”, failing states, United States, France

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