Uganda attacks worry U.S. authorities

Africa mapThe lethal, coordinated bombing attacks in Uganda during the World Cup final have accelerated concerns among anti-terrorism authorities in the United States about the previously local Islamic group, the Shabab, that now is using the Al Qaeda playbook to spread terrorism across borders.  International relations Professor Charles Stith, director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) and a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, says how Africa manages the challenge of overcoming the factional divide within Islam has profound long-term implications for peace, stability, and development on the African continent.

“For historical and contemporary reasons, Africa is fertile soil for fringe elements of Islam to take hold. The problem radical Islam poses for Africa is neither abstract nor isolated; there are clear and present dangers all across the continent.”

Contact Charles Stith, 617-353-5452, crstith@bu.edu

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