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Volume 23 Number 1
1 March 2014

The threat of radical Islamism in Africa is a thread running through this issue of the African Security Review.

In his article entitled ‘The Next Step in Somalia: Exploiting Victory, Post-Mogadishu’, Paul E. Roitsch looks at how al-Shabaab and its extremist affiliates remain the primary obstacle to stability and effective governance in the failed state of Somalia. Hussein Solomon asks the uncomfortable question of whether radical Islamism is spreading in South Africa. And his answer is an equally uncomfortable and emphatic yes. While Oluwaseun Bamidele expands the scope of this theme by exploring the relationship between religion and armed conflict in Africa, Giuseppe Fiore hones in again on a specific Islamist threat in the form of Boko Haram, and argues that Boko Haram should be declared a terrorist organisation by the European Union (EU), especially considering its designation as such by the US.

Romi Sigsworth (Editor)

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