Scholars agree that a direct correlation can be made between poor governance and the emergence of extremist movements. This book challenges both the efficacy and wisdom of purely militarized responses to extremist movements typified by the Global War on Terror, as well as the cursory replication of international counter-terrorism frameworks promulgated by the UN and EU in Africa. Emphasis is given to the importance of understanding local history, culture and regional geopolitics, among a variety of context-specific factors, to effectively address the emergence and spread of extremisms in Africa. As such, it draws on contributions from a range of thematic and regional experts, including security-sector specialists, conflict analysts, journalists, international relations and governance specialists, political scientists, social anthropologists, psychologists, and theologians.
About the Author
Stephen Buchanan-Clarke is a Programme Consultant for the Africa programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town. Lloyd Coutts is the Head of Publications at GGA. Susan Russell is the Sub-Editor at GGA. Alain Tschudin is the Executive Director at Good Governance Africa (GGA). Mandla Tyala is the Head of Programmes at GGA.