Reforming Peace: State of Peace and Security in Africa in 2018

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This State of Peace and Security in Africa (SPSA) Report is a background paper for the 2018 Tana Forum on the theme: Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union. As in previous years, this report provides contextual information that should, hopefully, inform the nature, quality and direction of debate on peace and security issues on the continent. This report provides a succinct overview and analysis of the most salient conflict trends and offers a nuanced understanding of the efforts and responses mobilized to manage complex peace and security challenges on the continent. It also documents and presents the broad and thematic overview of peace and security in Africa in 2017. It covers the number and scale of armed conflict and violence, their spatial distribution (by country and region), the scale of threats to civilians and the overall fatalities recorded. It also highlights key thematic issues, namely low intensity conflicts, Africa-centred solutions and peace processes, migration and security, violent extremism, mass protests and riots, and political transitions and security. Finally, it provides a critical reflection of crosscutting structural issues that underpin the trends in peace and security for 2017.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReforming Peace: State of Peace and Security in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationTana High Level Forum on Security in Africa 2018
Place of PublicationAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
PublisherAddis Ababa University, Institute for Peace and Security (IPSS)
Number of pages62
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
EventTana High Level Forum on Security in Africa - Bahir Dah, Ethipia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: 21 Apr 201822 Apr 2018
Conference number: 7th


ConferenceTana High Level Forum on Security in Africa
Abbreviated titleTana Forum
CityAddis Ababa
Internet address


  • africa
  • peace
  • security
  • Peacekeeping
  • conflict resolution
  • Armed conflict
  • Violence


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