Africa’s Fights Against Islamic Extremism

Jun 16, 2016

Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: Islam has been peacefully practiced in sub-Saharan Africa for centuries in places like Senegal and Sudan. But in the past few decades, extreme versions of the religion has been penetrating into the continent, often filling the void of weak governmental authorities.

Ryan Hall, provided

Ryan Hall and his wife Adelyn were Peace Corps volunteers in Swaziland, Africa from 2011-2013. They worked at a 400-person refugee camp, the Malindza Refugee Reception Centre, that people fled to due to war, genocide and government collapse.

Dr. Kathleen Smythe joins us this afternoon - she teaches African history, global economic development, and sustainability at Xavier University. Her latest book, Africa's Past, Our Future, engages the history of the African continent through the perspective of global issues such as political instability, economic development, and climate change.


This fall members of the African Union Commission are scheduled to release their recommendations for an African Space Agency. The feasibility study is chaired by South Africa and includes Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and Algeria.

For some, a space agency is the likely next step. Since 2010 satellite capacity across the continent has almost tripled, helping to fuel Africa's mobile revolution, according to University of Cincinnati aerospace engineering professor Grant Schaffner.