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July 22, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Is Nigeria’s Boko Haram Becoming Territorial?

Unlike other radical Islamist groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Nigeria’s Boko Haram has not yet moved to establish a territorial state, nor to provide government services. …

A woman from Gwoza, Borno State, displaced by the violence and unrest caused by the insurgency, weeps at a refugee camp in Mararaba Madagali, Adamawa State, February 18, 2014. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)

December 18, 2014

Nigeria
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…

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January 13, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
1,155 Rhinos Poached in South Africa

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Home to the world’s largest rhino population, South Africa saw 1,155 rhinos illeg…

Rhino 1155 SA

November 17, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria Security Tracker: Weekly Update November 8-November 14

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from November 8 to November 14, 2014. These incidents will be included in the Nige…

The map depicts deaths by state. Nigeria’s northeastern states, particularly Borno and Yobe, have been hit the hardest. Source: Nigeria Security Tracker, powered by Tableau.

March 4, 2015

United States
Top Ten Vietnam War Movies

Sunday marks fifty years since the first U.S. combat troops arrived in South Vietnam. To mark the anniversary, I am doing a series of posts listing my picks for the best histories, memoirs, novels, m…

Vietnam-War-Films

May 1, 2015

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, Nation-building, and the U.S. Aviation Inventory

Elisabeth Bumiller, “Soldier, Thinker, Hunter, Spy: Drawing a Bead on Al Qaeda,” New York Times, September 3, 2011. In Mr. [Michael] Vickers’s [top adviser to then-secretary of defense Leon E. Panet…

Aviation Inventory

May 15, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Unprecedented Rhino Poaching in 2015

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. This year rhino poaching has increased significantly in South Africa and Namibia,…

Rhino 2015

September 22, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Hunting Debate

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard. Emily is a researcher for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation working on their Religion & Geopolitics resource (religionandgeopolitics.org) in London, England, and…

Hunting Debate

August 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria Security Tracker: Weekly Update August 15-August 21

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from August 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015. This update also represents violence rela…

NST Tracker 1.10 to 1.16

November 6, 2015

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of November 6, 2015

Rachel Brown, Ariella Rotenberg, Ayumi Teraoka, and Gabriel Walker look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. Chinese and Taiwanese leaders meet for the first time in decades. Tomorrow, Chinese P…

Xi-Ma-summit - 11-6-15