Africas New Belt of Instability Africas Emerging Belt of Instability The State of West African Civ

February, 0012
IDA document: D-4829
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Africa , Documents
Division: Intelligence Analyses Division
In June 2012, the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and the West Africa Research Center (WARC) co-hosted a workshop on Civil Societies in Africa.1 IDA subsequently commissioned a number of short papers, inviting conference speakers to expand upon the ideas that emerged over the course of the three days of discussion. In these papers, each author presents his or her own views of various aspects of the challenges facing African civil society. In addition, however, a few overarching themes emerge that are of particular relevance to the state of civil society in West Africa at the beginning of 2012 in light of the crisis in Mali, recent presidential elections in Senegal and Ghana, and the ongoing sectarian violence and Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria.