An overview of conflict in Africa in 2014

An overview of conflict in Africa in 2014

Author: 
de Villiers, Shirley
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2015
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Journal Title: 
African Security Review
Source: 
African Security Review, Vol. 24, Issue 1, March 2015, pp. 89-100
Abstract: 

Violent conflict escalated in Africa in 2014, with five sub-Saharan states ? the Central African Republic (CAR), Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan ? accounting for an estimated 75% of all conflict-related deaths on the continent. This paper provides an overview of the five major sub-Saharan African conflicts in 2014 and considers the underlying causes and dynamics in the Seleka/anti-Balaka conflict in the CAR, the Islamist threats of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab in Nigeria and Somalia, the civil war in South Sudan, and the long-running conflict between Sudan's government and southern and Darfuri rebels. The paper unpacks the general trends evident in these conflicts and the implications for the settlement thereof, including the targeting of civilians, ethnic and religious mobilisation and the state as epicentre of violence. The paper concludes with a brief look ahead to 2015.

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CITATION: de Villiers, Shirley. An overview of conflict in Africa in 2014 . : Taylor & Francis , 2015. African Security Review, Vol. 24, Issue 1, March 2015, pp. 89-100 - Available at: https://library.au.int/overview-conflict-africa-2014-0