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November 13, 2017

Turkey
Turkey media Turkey: Friend or Frenemy? A Tangled Relationship Keeps Getting Worse

After last year’s failed coup and Erdogan’s brutal crackdown, our relationship with Turkey has gone south fast.

August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko-Haram-Chibok-Girls-Nigeria Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

July 12, 2017

Qatar
Al Jazeera English covers the 2011 Arab uprisings at its Doha headquarters. How Al Jazeera Amplifies Qatar’s Clout

One of the world’s most-watched news networks is at the center of a geopolitical rift between a Saudi-led bloc and the broadcaster’s funder, Qatar.

June 12, 2017

Qatar
A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017. Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

May 8, 2017

Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari sits with eighty-two freed Chibok girls. Chibok Release and Boko Haram’s Strategy

Boko Haram’s release of eighty-two girls to the Nigerian government appears to be part of its strategy to maximize the value of the Chibok kidnapping victims. According to The Guardian, Boko Haram su…

January 27, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Salafi Nigeria Salafism in Northern Nigeria Beyond Boko Haram

This is a guest post by Alex Thurston. Alex is the author of  Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics, and is an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Ser…

December 13, 2016

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
bp12132016 Violence for Violence’s Sake

The perpetrators of the attacks this weekend in Egypt and in Turkey murdered people because that is what they do.

January 11, 2018

Turkey
Play Turkey A Look Inside Turkey

Speakers provide an update on Turkey's domestic politics, the challenges the country faces after the coup, and the likely future of Turkey's foreign and economic polices with the United States.

December 2, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
biafra-massacre Nigerian Military Massacres Civilians – Again

Amnesty International has published a report claiming that the Nigerian military killed some 150 pro-Biafra demonstrators between August 2015 and August 2016. Amnesty analyzed 87 videos, 122 photogra…

June 13, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, Zarqawi’s Mysterious Successor (aka Abu Ayub al-Masri)

Five days after U.S. forces killed al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the group announced his successor, the unknown Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. Speculation abounds about the man and the signifi…