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December 7, 2017

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…

May 12, 2016

Behind China’s Gambit in Pakistan

China’s flagship investment project in Pakistan could provide a much needed economic spark, but significant security and political challenges loom.

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…

June 20, 2016

Strategic Reversal in Afghanistan

Introduction Since 2001, the United States and its international partners have expended substantial resources to secure, stabilize, and rebuild Afghanistan. Recent developments, however, indicate …

December 2, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Resurgence Boko Haram Resurgence

President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that the Nigerian security services would destroy Boko Haram by December. Recently, he has walked back from that optimistic prediction. The reality is t…

September 23, 2013

Police and military bomb experts search for fragments and residue after a bomb exploded and ripped through a passenger bus, killing three people on Friday night, in the coastal village in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines on September 21, 2013. The military believed the bomb explosion could be a diversionary attack by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels, who are engaged in standoff against the government forces that has already killed more than a hundred and left scores of others wounded, l Philippines Standoff Actually Rebellion’s Last Gasp

Over the past two weeks, a rebel group in the Muslim-majority southern Philippines, which long has been plagued by numerous insurgencies/bandits, has essentially laid siege to the southern city of Za…

May 9, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Children recite verses from the Koran outside a Koranic school in Bichi village, on the outskirt of Nigeria's northern city of Kano July 25, 2012. Religious Roots of Boko Haram

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn, a research analyst at The Jamestown Foundation, and Atta Barkindo, a Ph.D. candidate, SOAS, University of London. Since launching an insurgency in northern Nigeri…

May 7, 2012

U.S. Needs to Deepen Ties with Turkey Despite Concerns, Says New CFR Task Force

It is incumbent upon the leaders of the United States and Turkey to define a new partnership "in order to make a strategic relationship a reality," says a new Council on Foreign Relations–sponsored I…

May 2, 2012

U.S.-Turkey Relations

Turkey is a rising regional and global power facing, as is the United States, the challenges of political transitions in the Middle East, bloodshed in Syria, and Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. As…