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20 Jun 2019

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Grasping the Future with the World’s Youngest Population in the SAHEL. The Sahel is the youngest region in the world with close to 65% of the population below the age of 25. It further faces simultaneous challenges of extreme poverty, the dire effects of climate change, frequent food crises, rapid population growth, fragile governance, and terrorist-linked security threats.

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Facing the Challenge of the Islamic State in West Africa Province 

International Crisis Group

The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter of Boko Haram, is growing in power and influence. From its territorial base on the banks and islands of Lake Chad, this jihadist group is waging a guerrilla war across north-eastern Nigeria and elsewhere on the lake’s periphery. By filling gaps in governance and service delivery, it has cultivated a level of support among local civilians that Boko Haram never enjoyed and has turned neglected communities in the area and islands in Lake Chad into a source of economic support.

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SPECIAL ISSUE ON SUDAN “Down with the government of thieves”


Since December 2018, Sudan has experienced demonstrations calling for the fall of Omar al-Bashir, who has led the country since 1989, as well as the whole regime. In this special issue, dedicated to the Sudanese uprisings, Noria offers an analysis of the sociohistorical dynamics which underlie the unprecedented mobilizations of the past four months; the purpose of this approach is to provide a better understanding of the current situation.

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Assessing the of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan / UNMISS

Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network

This report assesses the extent to which the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is achieving its current strategic objectives and what impact the Mission has had on the political and security situation in South Sudan.

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Lebanon, Future Leadership of the State  and the State Within

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

In a region brimming with Arab authoritarian governments, Lebanon is considered a democracy. It is not, however, a Western-style democracy
but instead one infiltrated at every level by sectarianism. Lebanon is also a small, poor country that has for decades been burdened by corruption, internal conflict, and foreign interference.

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Women in Islamic State Propaganda


The report aims to shed light on how IS — a group that espouses a patriarchal authority par excellence — could appeal to women. In so doing, the research will explore the doctrinal dialectics put forward by IS regarding women and the role(s) they are expected to play in jihad. It will also focus on how the organisation uses Islamic jurisprudence to mould the role of women within jihad.

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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement

International Monetary Fund

In March 2018, representatives of member countries of the African Union signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. This agreement provides a framework for trade liberalization in goods and services and is expected to eventually cover all African countries. Using a multi-country, multi-sector general equilibrium model based on Costinot and Rodriguez-Clare (2014), we estimate the welfare effects of the AfCFTA for 45 countries in Africa.

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CYBERSECURITY: Changing the Model

Atlantic Council

There is a cybersecurity gap. Accordingly, this report recommends a change to new models of cy¬bersecurity that will deliver significantly better results for the key arenas of: critical infrastructures; states, cities, and localities; the federal government; and the international sphere.

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Innovative nascent and early stage entrepreneurship in the Southern Mediterranean – Evidence on Jordan and Morocco


This study builds on the result of in-depth interviews conducted over a sample of 72 innovative nascent and early stage entrepreneurs in Jordan and Morocco and, herewith, provides an overview of the main characteristics of innovative startups and young ventures in these two countries.  The specific focus of the study is to try to understand the skills profile of innovative nascent and young entrepreneurs in the region and to test compelling theories into the origins of skills.

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