A recent seminar was held in Uppsala, co-hosted by the Sweden-based Nordic Africa Institute, the University of Pretoria’s Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, and the Dakar-based Trust Africa. The meeting assessed Africa’s efforts to address military and human security challenges in the post-Cold War era.

The lack of urgent response to Africa’s humanitarian and climate-induced disasters was criticised. Global humanitarian assistance needs rose from 81-million people in 2014 to today’s 339-million. But there has often been a lack of a common humanity in reactions to the 3-million conflict-related deaths in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 400,000 in South Sudan, and at least 350,000 in Somalia...

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