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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Pienaar, Lyle Eugene
Email lyle.pienaar@gauteng.gov.za
URN etd-11192008-161454
Document Title International terrorism in Africa 1990-2004 : extent and counter-measures
Degree Master of Security Studies
Department Political Sciences
Advisor Name Title
Prof M Hough Supervisor
  • law enforcement
  • international terrorist organisation
  • international terrorism
  • political violence
  • national security
  • terrorism
  • counter-terrorism
Date 2008-09-05
Availability unrestricted

The aim of the dissertation is to analyse the concept of international terrorism in Africa from 1990-2004 at a continental level and then investigate the extent of measures developed to counteract this threat. The dissertation puts forward four assumptions to be explored and tested:

  • Africa’s unstable political, economic and social structures cause weaknesses within the continent which international terrorist organisations can exploit and use to their own advantage.
  • Africa’s history of civil wars makes the continent an easy target for international terrorist organisations to garner support for their organisations.
  • The current counter-terrorism policies and measures are not effective enough to deter international terrorism on the African continent, as in some countries there is still an ongoing struggle for political control.
  • The “Global War on Terrorism” has played a supportive role in Africa’s counter-terrorism policies.

The analysis investigates why international terrorism occurs in Africa, and which factors facilitate this. To achieve its aim, the study focuses on aspects such as the historical background of international terrorism in Africa; the current international security and terrorist environment; the present African security environment; and international and continental counter-terrorist policies within Africa. This dissertation aims to illustrate the issues facing Africa in combating and curbing international terrorist activities on the continent. It describes attempts by international and continental organisations to develop measures designed specifically to establish counter-terrorist agencies and policies in Africa.

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