Tag Archives: democracy

Jihadism and coups in West Africa’s Sahel region: a complex relationship

Armed and Security Forces of Mali servicemen stand guard on a military vehicle. Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images Folahanmi Aina, King’s College London The political instability and insecurity in some Sahelian states in West Africa has led to the capture of political power by their military in recent times. Chad, Burkina Faso and Mali have all experienced coups. One …

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Jihadism and coups in West Africa’s Sahel region: a complex relationship

Armed and Security Forces of Mali servicemen stand guard on a military vehicle. Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images Folahanmi Aina, King’s College London The political instability and insecurity in some Sahelian states in West Africa has led to the capture of political power by their military in recent times. Chad, Burkina Faso and Mali have all experienced coups. One …

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Russia-Ukraine tensions: power posturing or trouble on the home front for Putin?

Vodograj/Shutterstock Marcin Kaczmarski, University of Glasgow and Kasia Kaczmarska, University of Edinburgh There is a pressing need to understand what’s behind Moscow’s growing threat to use military force against Ukraine. The real motivation for Russia’s aggression will largely determine the west’s room for manoeuvre. Despite amassing 100,000 troops on its western border with Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly denied that it …

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What schools teach about 9/11 and the war on terror

A survey of U.S. history teachers found they teach about 9/11 primarily on the date of the anniversary. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images Jeremy Stoddard, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Diana Hess, University of Wisconsin-Madison The phrase “Never Forget” is often associated with the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But what does this phrase mean for U.S. students …

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Dèby’s death threatens security in the Sahel: Nigeria has a key role to play

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (left) and late Chadian president Idriss Deby during a 2019 summit of Sahel-Saharan States. Brahim Adji/AFP via Getty Images Folahanmi Aina, King’s College London The death of Chad’s President Idriss Dèby has inevitably alarmed foreign and national security policymakers in Nigeria, the West African region and as far as France. The 68-year-old Dèby was killed on …

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Uganda’s schooling system doesn’t politically empower young people

Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Simone Datzberger, UCL More than 20 years ago, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development stated that: The lack of education stops a great majority of Africans from being citizens in their own right. However, in the two following decades, there have been very mixed results on how education enhances political empowerment in …

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L’égalité scolaire, un enjeu de survie pour la démocratie

Marie Duru-Bellat, Sciences Po and François Dubet, Université de Bordeaux Le long mouvement de massification scolaire enclenché dans notre pays depuis les années 1960 était censé accroître l’attachement aux valeurs démocratiques. Dans la mesure où l’éducation scolaire est imprégnée des valeurs de l’égalité et de la tolérance, et véhicule la croyance dans les vertus de la science et de la raison, le …

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