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August 2, 2018

Afghanistan
Global Conflict This Week: Islamic State Attacks in Jalalabad

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

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August 1, 2018

Islamic State
The Islamic State Threat Hasn’t Gone Away

Lost amid the intense international focus on diplomatic talks with North Korea and renewed U.S. tensions with Iran, has been a recent spate of Islamic State attacks across a broad swath of the Middle…

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September 25, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Leader Shekau's Book Helps Explain Factional Rifts

In June 2018, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) leader, Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, released a history of his jihadist movement. In 2017, the Ansaru leader, under the pseudonym Abu Usama al-Ansari, also released his own history, while Abubakar Shekau released a book in the name of the Boko Haram faction he currently leads.

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September 25, 2018

United Nations
Narcissistic Nationalism: Trump’s Second UN General Assembly Address

Trump’s address to the UN highlighted his narrow-minded, transactional approach to diplomacy. He may have been speaking at the United Nations, but the emphasis was clearly on the second word—nations—…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on September 25, 2018.

September 25, 2018

Pakistan
Champions for Change: Pakistan at a Crossroads

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. In this post, Salman Sufi gives an account of journey behind Pakistan’s most radical women's em…

Pakistani women bikers participate in the "Women on Wheels" initiative, launched by Punjab's Strategic Reform Unit.

September 21, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Treatment of Terrorists: How Does Gender Affect Justice?

From arrest to sentencing to post-conflict reintegration and disarmament programming, evidence suggests that governments tend to be less responsive to women in terrorism compared to their male counte…

A Belgian police officer stands guard outside a courtroom during the trial of one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks.

September 14, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Seventeen Years After 9/11 and Still Vulnerable to Strategic Surprise

The United States still does not have an effective strategic foresight system to assess and mitigate geopolitical risks. 

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June 1, 2018

Niger
The Islamic State "Presence" in the Sahel Is More Complicated Than Affiliates Suggest

The name of the organization conjures association with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but caution is required. Evidence that the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara is somehow an extension of the Islamic State in the Middle East or even in Libya is sparse.

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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

September 11, 2018

Niger
The Presence of Lethal U.S. Drones in Niger is Expanding

The CIA is expanding its presence at a recently established drone base at Dirkou, Niger, an oasis town in the Sahara that has a small airport.

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