Mali | May 30, 2017

Book Review: The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali’s Democratic Experiment Falters, while Jihad and Terrorism Grow in the Sahara

The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali’s Democratic Experiment Falters, while Jihad and Terrorism Grow in the Sahara By Robin Edward Poulton and Raffaella Greco Tonegutti For several decades, Mali has been trapped in a difficult past and a more contentious present, characterized by conflicts in the north of the country, military […]

Cover of The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali’s Democratic Experiment Falters, while Jihad and Terrorism Grow in the Sahara
Viewpoint | April 21, 2017

Insecurity, Conflict, and Militancy in the Maghreb and Sahel Regions

Throughout the Maghreb and Sahel regions of Africa, many communities are struggling under the strain of new patterns of violence that emerged after the Arab Spring as well as episodic cycles of violence that have resurfaced every few years for several decades. The following piece offers key takeaways from a series of recent events—a forum […]

Jimam Lar, Joel Nwokeoma, and Amy Niang on the dais at the Conference on Militancy and Conflict in the Sahel and Maghreb
Kenya | March 21, 2017

New Wealth, New Security Challenges: The Impact of Energy and Mega-Infrastructure Projects in the Greater Horn of Africa

The Greater Horn of Africa1 is one of the most complex and challenging regions in the world in terms of conflict and instability. Currently, there are internal conflicts in South Sudan, southern Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while armed inter-communal clashes are common throughout. Areas where conflict is concentrated are […]

Pipeline trench team in Kome, Chad. Photo credit to Ken Doerr. Taken October 11, 2012. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kendoerr/8079720047/in/photostream/.
Nigeria | January 25, 2017

Peaceful Negotiations: Implications for the Release of Twenty-One Chibok Girls from Boko Haram Captivity

In April 2014, militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok—a town in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria—making global news [1].  Widespread concern generated by the incident soon culminated in a global social media campaign, “Bring Back Our Girls,” with an accompanying Twitter hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls, that featured Tweets from notable world leaders and international […]

Young Nigerian refugee in Diffa, Niger.
A young refugee forced to flee from Damassak, Nigeria to Diffa, Niger due to Boko Haram attacks.
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