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June 8, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Profile: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

A profile of the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the man responsible for coordinating suicide bombings in Amman and Madrid, multiple attacks on Iraqi Shiites and Shiite mosques, and the highly-public…

April 4, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-ISWAP-Dapchi-Girls-Return Competing Ideologies at Play in Boko Haram’s Return of Dapchi Girls

Emerging evidence suggests that the faction released the girls only in exchange for a temporary cease-fire so they could bring the 105 girls safely back to their village.

March 28, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-ISWAP-Kidnap-Lai-Mohammed Nigerian Government Has Been Negotiating With Boko Haram for "Some Time"

Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed announced that the government has been negotiating with Boko Haram about a possible ceasefire.

March 22, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Dapchi-Girls-Kidnap-Boko-Haram Controversy Surrounds Release of Most Dapchi Girls in Nigeria

Amnesty International released a report of the February kidnapping, concluding that the Nigerian security forces again ignored advanced warnings of an impending Boko Haram kidnapping operation up to four hours before the attack.

February 27, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Dapchi-Kidnapping-Girls Dapchi Girls Still Missing, Boko Haram Still Active

Nigerians are quick to see parallels between the February 2018 Dapchi kidnapping of more than 100 school girls and Boko Haram’s 2014 kidnapping of almost 300 from the girls boarding school at Chibok.

December 7, 2017

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Fortresses-Counterinsurgency Boko Haram Conflict Enters Counterinsurgency Phase as Nigeria Erects “Fortresses”

The latest news from northeastern Nigeria is that the Nigerian army will erect fortresses around the region’s larger towns to prevent Boko Haram raids and allow farmers to tend their fields in safety. The military has now entered a counterinsurgency phase of the conflict.

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…

April 7, 2017

Wars and Conflict
Boko-Haram-Girls_RTX2PL9S 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 from April 1 to April 8, was compiled wit…

February 24, 2017

India
RTSZ4LB Pakistan: Defeat Is an Orphan

What ails Pakistan? A new book from former Reuters correspondent Myra MacDonald shows how the country’s chronic struggle to somehow best India has instead led to deleterious results on all fronts. …

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.