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Solly Rakgomo
  • Nightmare of private military contractors

    The rise in transnational terrorism in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, the SADC region and the Great Lakes region has made the continent to be engulfed in political bushfires that have stretched the military capabilities of affected states beyond...

  • Terrorism and the weaponisation of the social media

    Unfortunately, it can help groups and individuals with less positive intentions to promote violent ideologies, create confusion and spread fear among the general public. Terrorists use a number of methods to indoctrinate and radicalise new...

  • Rethinking counter-terrorism strategy in the Sahel

    Militant Islamist group violence against civilians in the Sahel represents 60% of all such violence in Africa and is projected to increase by more than 40% in 2023.This uninterrupted escalation of violence has displaced more than 2.5 million people...

  • Sudanese conflict might destabilise neighbours

    Even prior to the outbreak of conflict in Sudan, there were more than 13 million people in Sudan and its seven neighbours who were refugees or internally displaced.More than 40 million people in these countries are facing acute food insecurity....

  • AU and 60 years of governance-development deficit

    The commemorations come at a time when the continent is facing serious security challenges in almost all its sub-regions. There are arguments that insecurity in the continent can be traced to poor governance.The challenges of poor governance are not...

  • Lessons from Africa

    My observation and subsequent commentary have covered politically fragile states such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Cameroon, Western Sahara, Angola, Mozambique, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan etc. Being involved as an...

  • Displacement crisis impacts on security in Africa

    Many African states have unresolved conflicts that in turn perpetuate internal and external displacement of millions of people. There are 13 African countries facing major armed conflict, and they account for almost 90% of more than 25 million people...

  • Challenges facing Africa

    At the same time, the continent is faced with a plethora of socio-economic maladies and political bushfires than any other continent. On the other hand, this is a continent of great potential and such potentialities are seldom covered by the media.In...

  • Sudan and the nightmare of perennial conflict

    Sudan is a clear example of those African states that have experienced all kinds of conflict for many decades. Since independence, the country has never been politically stable.The violent conflict that has erupted in the past few days that has...

  • Poor governance breeds political instability in Africa

    There is no more critical variable than governance, for it is governance that determines whether there are durable links between the State and the society it purports to govern.The nature of governance is central because it determines whether the...

  • Dangers of corruption within the State security sector

    Corruption, which Transparency International defines as the “abuse of entrusted power for private gain” includes an element of subversion or illegitimate use of resources meant for a particular purpose to further another goal. It involves a...

  • Rule of law is vital for human security

    Another important but perhaps overlooked benefit of the rule of law is its substantial contribution to people centred national security. To begin with, what is the rule of law? The rule of law is both a principle and a process. In terms of...

  • The threat of counterfeit goods

    However, the threat of counterfeit goods to public safety is an important security issue that has received little attention in Botswana whenever national security issues are discussed.The recent busting of a large cache of boxes of cigarettes and...

  • Cults of personality politics in Africa

    Some few weeks back, he presented an intellectually stimulating paper on cults of personalities that are very dominant in African politics. It is true that African leaders who hold power indefinitely often employ cults of personality to consolidate...

  • Tough road ahead for Tinubu

    Tinubu emerged the winner of a closely fought contest for Nigeria’s presidency. However, opposition parties have rejected the results and say they will challenge them in court.The election was marred by reports of voter suppression, and outbreaks...

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