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January 9, 2018

Somalia
Al-Shabab in Somalia Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

October 4, 2017

Kurds
Kirkuk Statue Image Unraveling the Oil Geopolitics Intertwined in the Kurdish Independence Referendum

For over a decade, U.S. efforts to promote stability across the Middle East have run afoul of many complexities. The recent independence referendum in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) territory …

February 14, 2018

Religion
Podcast REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tun Engaging Religious Communities in Countering Violent Extremism

Tarek Elgawhary, Susan Hayward, Humera Khan, and Peter Mandaville discuss engaging religious communities in countering violent extremism.

November 7, 2017

Human Rights
Play Nadia Murad Countering Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict

Panelists discuss the devastating abuses of human trafficking and sexual violence, how they are used as a tactic of terror by extremist organizations, and current efforts to prevent these crimes and …

July 23, 2015

Iraq
Underground Railroad to Save Yazidi Women from the Islamic State Could Offer Critical Intel

It has been nearly a year since the self-proclaimed Islamic State kidnapped an estimated three thousand Yazidi women and children during an attack on their villages in northern Iraq. The Islamic Stat…

March 8, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
R2P, R.I.P.

It was during Kofi Annan’s tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations (1997-2006) that the “Responsibility to Protect” became a major item on the international scene.  That is no feather in hi…

June 19, 2015

Al-Qaeda
Houthi rebels drive past a painted Ansar al-Sharia flag. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has emerged as one of the most dangerous al-Qaeda affiliates, strengthening amid political unrest in Yemen. 

April 4, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
al-Barnawi Arrested Major Nigerian Terrorist Arrested

The Nigerian Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, and a spokesman for the Nigerian army announced on April 3 the capture and arrest of Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of Ansaru (“Vanguard for the Pro…

January 22, 2016

Pakistan
Bacha-Khan-protest Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of January 22, 2016

Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, Ariella Rotenberg, Ayumi Teraoka, Gabriel Walker, and James West look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Terrorists kill twenty-one in attack on Pakistani univer…