Joseph Siegle


Africa's Contemporary Security Trends

Joseph Siegle, Director of Research for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, delivers an analysis and recommendations as regards the security situation in Africa and the main challenges in the years to come.  

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Policy and Research Papers

Security Sector Reform in Times of Democratic Reversal

Due to the close linkage between security sector reform (SSR) and democratization, the latter's volatility has direct implications for SSR strategy. The article identifies possible scenarios for SSR, based on the observation that, in the context of democratic reversals, firstly, some degree of SSR can still be achieved, and secondly, causes for stalled SSR can be determined if we look at a system's distinctive structures. Arguing that a resumption of SSR after democratic reversal has to overcome particular obstacles the authors offer context-specific recommendations on framing SSR, as well as "second-chance" scenarios once a return to the democratization process has been achieved.

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Why Term Limits Matter for Africa

In this blog post by Joseph Siegle, Africa has a problem of presidents not leaving office when it’s time to do so.  The latest illustration of this is the maneuvering of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza. After 10 years in office, he is attempting to stay on for a third five-year term – in contravention of Burundi’s constitution that limits presidents to two five-year terms.

Joseph Siegle, Director of Research of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, reflects on the impact of Presidents overriding their legitimate terms. 

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Les institutions du secteur de la sécurité et la crise politique de la RDC

Cet article est le quatrième d’une série qui analyse les défis actuels auquel fait face le processus démocratique en République démocratique du Congo, et comment divers acteurs et institutions détermineront les aboutissements. Il fait notamment le bilan du secteur de la sécurité en RDC et du rôle qu’il pourrait jouer dans les espoirs d’une transition démocratique dans le pays.

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