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About Gustavo Plácido dos Santos

Gustavo Plácido dos Santos is a researcher at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security (IPRIS). He is also an associate researcher at Open Briefing, the world’s first civil society intelligence agency, and the founder of an African-affairs blog called East & South.

Articles by Gustavo Plácido dos Santos

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Boko Haram: time for an alternative approach

Military responses to Boko Haram have proved ineffective, as the latest atrocities in Nigeria highlight. An alternative focused on good governance, policing and socio-economic development, supported by the international community, would be much more likely to succeed.

Education and violent extremism in Nigeria

For Boko Haram, 'western civilisation is forbidden'. In a context of poor school attendance among Muslims, especially poor Muslims, is the almajiri system of schooling it favours compatible with a peacebuilding project for the country?

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