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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 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…

August 11, 2016

Boko Haram’s Factional Feud Boko Haram’s Factional Feud

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn. Jacob is a fellow of African affairs at The Jamestown Foundation in Washington DC. Since Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to self-proclaimed I…

April 29, 2016

Yazidi-woman_RTX1LE8V Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering April 22 to April 29, was compiled with s…

December 16, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Buhari Khamenei Tehran Meet “Massacre” of Shia in Northern Nigeria an Opening for Iran

Africa watchers have been focused of late on Burundi. On December 12, however, their attention was drawn back to Nigeria. The Nigerian army killed a number of Shia Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna state. Thi…

October 3, 2015

Blog 1 Kunduz Airstrike and Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

This blog post updated an earlier post, and was again coauthored with my research associate, Amelia M. Wolf. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported that its hospital in Kun…

June 10, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Cross Boko Haram Factions Divided over Loyalty to the Islamic State

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn, an analyst of African Affairs for the The Jamestown Foundation. On June 2, Boko Haram released a new video called "Arrival of the Soldiers of the Caliphate in Wes…

December 18, 2014

Kidnapping 121814 Another Boko Haram Mass Kidnapping in Northeast Nigeria

Four days after the atrocity occurred, there is news that up to two hundred women, girls, and boys were kidnapped from the small village of Gumsuri near Chibok. At least thirty-five were killed, thou…

October 23, 2014

United States
A Kurdish peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells (Jadallah/Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Turkey’s Acquiescence and Iran Sanctions

Significant Developments ISIS-Turkey. Turkey announced on Monday that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to cross its border to come to Kobani’s defense, five weeks after the start of ISI…