Northeast Nigeria and the broader West African Sahel face multiple threats: increasing environmental degradation, jihadist and organized violence, food insecurity, and a deepening humanitarian, development and educational crises. Despite this growing diversity of threats, there has been no research think tank in northeast Nigeria to adequately monitor and report conflict trends, investigate their root causes, analyse their manifestations and mitigate their threats. The Center for Conflict Analysis, Early Warning and Peacebuilding at AUN, (and which will replace the Center for Disaster Management), will fulfil these responsibilities and provide a nuanced understanding of the nature of the destabilizing interactions between insecurity, illiteracy, climate change, weakened governing institutions, and extremist violence in northern Nigeria and the broader West African Sahel region.
The centre will house funded development projects that relate to conflict transformation, peacebuilding and early warning. Such projects will draw on the expertise of the centre.
Northeast Nigeria and the West African Sahel, including Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon.
The Center will gather and report data on conflict and draw on published and reliable unpublished data to describe and analyse conflict in Northern Nigeria and the Sahel. It will stimulate nuanced and policy-relevant research and debates, contribute to policy and remediation; promote public awareness, build capacity and expertise. It will work with governments, international organizations, humanitarian agencies, scholars, and affected communities to respond to the rapidly rising threats. The Center will coordinate some of the activities of the Adamawa Peace Initiative, especially those based on donor grants.
It will engage in the following specific activities:
Certified Training: The centre will offer training in person and online, for personal and institutional security. These certificate programs will generate revenue for the centre.
Conferences, Workshops, and Outreaches – The centre will disseminate its work through conferences, workshops, policy briefs, press briefings and other media outreaches.
IntelBriefs: A weekly briefing drawn from media monitoring, open-source trend analysis, reconnaissance etc, with contextual analysis.
Geospatial Analysis: Geospatial tracking and analysis of locations and characteristics of armed group activities along with current/historical climate data, population growth/movements, and other local variables and stories.
Teaching: The centre will identify prominent academics who can teach courses in the peace and conflict undergraduate and proposed graduate programs at AUN.
Journal: The centre will relaunch the journal Human Security that will look at security in all its many facets. A board of editors will be chosen for the journal. The journal will publish case studies and papers that employ rigorous analysis, field-based investigations on topics relevant to the region and Center.
- Dr. Margee Ensign (AUN President)
- Professor Attahir Yusuf (AUN Provost)
- Dr. Lionel Rawlins (Center Director)
- Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
- Professor Bill Bertrand
- Professor Charles Reith
- Dr. Jean-Pierre Karegeye
- Dr. Jean-Damascène Gasanabo
- Dr. Patrick Fay
- Dr. Peter Genger