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Volume 22 Number 4
1 November 2013

Issue 22:4 of the African Security Review focuses on the contradiction in terms that is Nigeria. Two articles deal with the issue of radical Islamism in Nigeria, and the specific threat of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Osumah Oarhe turns our attention to the troubled Niger Delta region and notes that the absence of conflict in the region has not necessarily translated into enduring peace. Kanayo Ogujiuba, Maurice Ogbonnaya and Terfa Abraham see a stark warning for Nigeria in the factors that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings in northern Africa. Using the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) and other selected indicators, the authors draw a comparative analysis of the key factors that led to the uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, pointing out areas of social and security tensions in Nigeria.

An interesting debate emerged across these two issues around the Tuareg rebellion in Mali. In issue 22:3, David Zounmenou argues that the image of victim and the condition of marginalisation projected over the decades by some members of the Tuareg communities no longer holds any relevance. However, in issue 22:4 Douglas Livermore argues that the only solution for the current instability in the region is to realise the Tuareg’s desire for an independent Azawad.

Romi Sigsworth (Editor)

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