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June 10, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
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…

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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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October 23, 2014

United States
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…

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells (Jadallah/Courtesy Reuters).

October 8, 2014

Syria
Assessing the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Jeffrey Crisp, senior director for policy and advocacy at Refugees International, and Rochelle Davis, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Georgetown University, join the RAND Corporation'…

October 8, 2014

Syria
Assessing the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Jeffrey Crisp, senior director for policy and advocacy at Refugees International, and Rochelle Davis, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Georgetown University, join Andrew Parasiliti, di…

May 6, 2014

Saudi Arabia
How Personal Politics Drive Conflict in the Gulf

David Roberts, lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London, based at the Joaan Bin Jassim Staff College in Qatar, offers expert insight into the recent tensions among the majo…

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February 10, 2014

International Organizations
Tracking Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Amelia M. Wolf. Since the Afghanistan war began twelve years and four months ago, the fate of innocent civilians has been a constant focus o…

UNAMA Deaths by Force

November 5, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram, Negotiations, and the Nigerian Federal Government

Jacob Zenn, of the Jamestown Foundation, had a response to my November 2nd post Boko Haram Offers Cease Fire Opportunity? He writes: “The "Abu Muhammed Ibn Abdulaziz" who spoke with the media seems …

 Security forces confront angry citizens at a roadblock after a bombing in Nigeria 11/03/2012.

July 1, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ansaru: Who Are They And Where Are They From?

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn, an analyst of African Affairs for the Washington D.C.-based think tank, The Jamestown Foundation, and a contributor for the West Point CTC Sentinel. Ansaru is not…

Evidence is displayed during a hearing for suspected members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) at a military court in Tunis June 9, 2012.