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January 8, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
WestBankWall Israel Moves to Annex the West Bank—This Is How the Two-State Solution Dies

While the media focuses on Trump, Netanyahu imposes a “solution”: There will never be a Palestinian state.

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.

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.

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…

November 10, 2016

Cybersecurity
CFR Cyber Net Politics Democracy and Digital Technology After the 2016 Election

Efforts to understand the causes and consequences of Donald J. Trump’s victory are underway, and this election illuminates features about the relationship between democratic politics and digital tech…

March 5, 2015

Boko Haram
Newspapers are displayed at a vendor's stand along a road in the Obalende district of Nigerian commercial capital Lagos. Boko Haram

Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram has evolved from a local insurgency to a brutal militant group that the United States has designated a terrorist organization.