THE ROLE OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES IN FIGHTING TERRORISM IN AFRICA: THE CASE OF INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY ON DEVELOPMENT (IGAD)

  • Memar Ayalew Demeke Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Governance and Regional Integration at the Pan-African University, Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cameroun
  • Solomon Gebreyohans Gebru Department of Political Science and Strategic Studies, Mekelle University, Ethiopia Governance and Regional Integration at the Pan-African University, Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cameroun

Abstract

In Africa, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) were initially established to tackle the economic challenges of the continent. However, overtime, they expanded their mandate to deal with the security threats of the continent such as terrorism. In fact, the fight against terrorism has been internationalized following the September 9/11 terrorist attack in the U.S.A. Since then, RECs have been giving considerable attention to preventing and combating terrorism in their respective regions. Similarly, IGAD has been involved in preventing and combating terrorism. So far, however, little has been done with regard to what IGAD has performed in fighting terrorism. Therefore, this study was intended to describe and analyze the legal and practical activities carried out by IGAD in its fight against terrorism in the region general and in Somalia in particular. Both descriptive and analytical methods were employed and data were analyzed through qualitative approach. Finally, based on the findings, the study argues that, instead of overreliance on hard power as a means of fighting terrorism, IGAD should invest more on the political and socio-economic problems of its member states so as to address the root causes.

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Published
2014-09-18
How to Cite
Demeke, M. A., & Gebru, S. G. (2014). THE ROLE OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES IN FIGHTING TERRORISM IN AFRICA: THE CASE OF INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY ON DEVELOPMENT (IGAD). European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 10(10). https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2014.v10n10p%p