Bronwyn Bruton

  • IntelBrief: Another War in the Horn?

    In the third in the series of “IntelBriefs” on African security issues being produced by the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Centerin partnership with the Soufan Group, an international strategic consultancy, Ansari Center deputy director Bronwyn Brutonnotes that important transitional arrangements were neglected before the independence of South Sudan last year and, as a result, the new country and the one from which it seceded are now waging a belated and predictably violent effort to allocate oil revenues and territory.
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  • Ansari Africa Center Hosts Visit by ACCORD Delegation

    Ansari Africa Center Hosts Visit by ACCORD Delegation

    The Michael S. Ansari Africa Center hosted a visit today by a delegation from the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), led by its founder and executive director Vasu Goundenand accompanied by senior advisor Aziz Pahad, former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of South Africa, and Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, National Security Advisor to South African President Jacob Zuma and Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region, as well as diplomats from the South African Embassy.


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  • IntelBrief: Somalia - The Next Chapter in an Endless War

    In the second of the new series of “IntelBriefs” on African security issues being produced by the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center in partnership with the Soufan Group, an international strategic consultancy, Ansari Center deputy director Bronwyn Bruton notes that while life has been improving for the residents of Mogadishu after five years of war and the worst famine in twenty years, the gains are fragile and overstated. She also warns that while the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab movement may be headed for military defeat, its attacks on civilians are far from over. Moreover, the rivalries and grievances that fueled insurgency in the first place remain and, without a plan for resolving Somalia’s longstanding clan conflicts, the country’s prospects remain bleak.
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  • Luncheon Colloquium on Africa Strategy with Lieutenant-General Jean-Paul Perruche

    On April 3, the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center organized a luncheon colloquium today for Lieutenant-General (ret.) Jean-Paul Perruche, research director for Euro-Atlantic security at the French Ministry of Defense’s Institute for Strategic Research-École Militaire (IRSEM) and a member of Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group, and Maya Kandel, research fellow at IRSEM.


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  • Al Qaeda's Divisive Alliance

    In a videotaped announcement released earlier this month by the Al Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahri, the group officially endorsed the struggling rebel group Shabab, which has been fighting the Western-backed transitional government and African Union peacekeepers in Somalia since 2007.
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  • Pre-London Conference Briefing on Somalia

    The Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Centerhosted diplomats from the embassies of several of the European countries taking part in the upcoming London Conference on Somalia for an in-depth briefing on the troubled East African country.


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  • The Splintering of Al Shabaab

    For the better part of five years, much of Somalia's long-suffering population has been caught in a deadly stalemate between al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked militant group, and African Union peacekeepers, known as AMISOM. The peacekeepers are tasked with defending the country's weak Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which, despite years of backing from regional powers and the West, remains politically dysfunctional and incapable doing anything resembling governing. Fielding an army of its own remains a distant aspiration.
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  • Famine in the Horn: Assessing the US Response

    Famine in the Horn: Assessing the US Response

    On October 27, the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center hosted a discussion on the US response to the devastating famine in the Horn of Africa, featuring remarks by Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator for democracy, conflict, and humanitarian assistance at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).


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