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Global-local connections and the future of jihadi insurgencies in Africa 
Corinna Jentzsch (Leiden University)
Eric Morier-Genoud (Queen's University Belfast)
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Vincent Foucher (CNRS)
Yvan Guichaoua (University of Kent)
Politics and International Relations (x) Violence and Conflict Resolution (y)
Philosophikum, S92
Wednesday 31 May, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

How do we assess current global-local connections of jihadi movements in Africa, and to what extent will armed conflicts be dominated by jihadi ideology, recruitment, and organization in the future? The contributions focus on methodological, case-specific and thematic aspects of these questions.

Long Abstract:

What is the current state of global-local connections of jihadi movements on the continent, and how will they evolve in the future? North Africa, the Horn, West Africa, Central Africa, and recently also Southern Africa have seen local armed groups and global jihadi operations like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State publicise their connections. Violent actions carried out across Africa have been claimed in the name of these global organisations. Among scholars, security analysts and other commentators, this has created debates around the authenticity, nature, importance, and implications of these connections. These debates raise major questions about the methodology of social sciences and about the politics of knowledge production, and have implications for our understanding of the ideology, organization and warfare of armed groups. How do we assess these contemporary connections, and to what extent will armed conflicts on the continent be dominated by jihadi ideology, recruitment, and organization in the future? Crucially, African jihadis themselves have to apprehend this global-local tension to decide which forms and intensity of violence to use or which norms of governance to enforce, leading to a variety of choices being made on the ground. This panel invites contributions on the study of the past, present and future of global-local jihadi connections that focus on methodological, case-specific or thematic questions.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -