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Volume 23 Number 2
1 June 2014

This issue of the African Security Review demonstrates the complexity and depth of a field dedicated to achieving national, regional and global stability. The issue not only demonstrates the interlinkages between human and traditional or national security, but also comes to grip with the relationship of human security with the environment, with the personal and political, and the need to prevent conflict, respond appropriately when it occurs, and rebuild in its aftermath.

Megan Smith and Lindy Heinecken’s paper sets out to establish how the youth in South Africa view military service, and what factors affect the South African National Defence Force’s ability to attract suitable recruits to staff its modern, technologically advanced military. Gavin George and Jeff Gow look to the South African Police Service (SAPS) by examining the drivers of HIV/AIDS in SAPS and the impact of the disease on this workforce.

Ashley Neese Bybee and Eliza Mary Johannes’s article on the ‘resource curse’ examines how local communities have been affected by – and what their concerns for the future are regarding – new oil discoveries in western Ghana and western Uganda.

Ufiem Maurice Ogbonnaya, Kanayo Ogujiuba and Nancy Stiegler argue in their article that the membership and operations of the terrorist group Boko Haram are spreading across the sub-region of West Africa with potentially disastrous consequences. Staying in West Africa, Okolo Ben Simon takes a look at the challenges facing Nigeria in the run-up to the 2015 general and presidential elections.

Commentaries from Romain Esmenjaud and Ivonne Lockhart Smith tackle, respectively, the theory and reality of intervention by international and continental organisations in the Central African Republic.

Romi Sigsworth (Editor)

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