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May 3, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Zakzaky-Abuja-IMN-Protest Nigeria’s Treatment of Shia Minority Recalls That of Boko Haram

Largely overlooked by the Western media, there is an escalating conflict between Nigeria’s Shiite minority, some of whom are organized into the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and Nigeria’s secular government, that recalls Boko Harams treatment in 2009.

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…

March 10, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mo Ibrahim Final Yet Again, No Mo Ibrahim Prize Awarded

In February, the Ibrahim foundation announced that, yet again, it would not be awarding it’s famed Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese telecom billiona…

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…

September 17, 2010

Wars and Conflict
Between-Threats-and-War.jpg Between Threats and War

Teaching Notes on Between Threats and War by CFR Fellow Micah Zenko.

July 7, 2011

Lebanon
Lebanon’s Non-Government

The turmoil in Syria has left Lebanon’s own political situation completely in flux. Months ago, Hezbollah arranged for Najib Mikati to become prime minister. Mikati is a Sunni, as Lebanon’s constitut…