|Militancy and Violence in West Africa: Tracing Antecedents, Monitoring Trends, Identifying Actors, Anticipating Possibilities and Analysing Existing Preventive Mechanisms|
|Tuesday, 03 March 2009 13:44|
This research looks at radicalisation of Muslims in West Africa, a region of growing importance in global strategic calculations. Although the proposal looks at radicalisation of Muslims in the region, it is important not to stigmatise the religion as one that is associated with violence or to “pigeon-hole” its adherents as easily susceptible to radical dispositions. Rather, the main consideration that underlines the choice of Muslim radicalisation is that some of those who have been radicalised in other parts of the world have claimed membership of the religion. It is thus of academic and policy importance to investigate the extent to which Muslims in West Africa share, (or might share) this sentiment.
The key research questions include:
Output and User Engagement
We envisage that three products will emerge from this project. First is a report which will address all the research issues identified. Second is a policy-briefing, which will be designed to assist policy-makers to better appreciate the issue of Muslim radicalisation in West Africa. Already, we are in discussion with groups and institutions that are potential end-users. The third output will be an edited volume.
This study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Dr. ’Funmi Olonisakin is the lead investigator and Professor James Gow, Professor of International Peace and Security in the Department of War Studies is co-Investigator. Other members of the research team include Drs Abiodun Alao and Olawale Ismail both at CSDG; and Drs Kwesi Aning and Thomas Jaye both of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana; Dr. Kevin O’Brien of Alesia Consulting, UK and Dr. Ismail Rashid of Vassar College, USA.
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