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May 1, 2017


The Somalia-based Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab has proved resilient, committing brazen terrorist attacks at home and abroad, despite strategic setbacks in recent years.

April 1, 2016

Who Is Bashar al-Assad?

Experts analyze the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policy choices of Syria's President Bashar-al Assad.

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January 28, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Al-Shabab and Islamic State: A New Rivalry

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, Assistant Director, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies Program. Earlier this month, al-Shabab attacked an African Union (…


December 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…


November 23, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram: Faces of Terrorism

In the aftermath of attacks on Nairobi, Beirut, Paris, and Bamako over the last few years it is becoming easier to distinguish between the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaeda, and their af…


September 23, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Conduct of Kenyan Security Forces a Cause for Concern in Fight Against Al-Shabaab

This is a guest post by Claire Wilmot, a former intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program. She is a master of global affairs candidate at the University of Toronto. In a report titl…

Kenyan Security Protests