Islam Is Both a Sword and a Shield to Violent Extremism

A recent UN study finds that religion is a potent factor in both fomenting and countering violent extremism in Africa.

Islamist extremism

Can Somalia’s New President Negotiate with al-Shabaab?

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is seen as a man of integrity, cracking down on corruption, and fostering good governance....


What You Need to Know to Understand al-Shabaab

Three years on from the Westgate mall attack, a deep dive into one of the least understood factors in the resilience of Somalia's ...


What is al-Shabaab?

As al-Shabaab continues to carry out deadly attacks in Somalia and Kenya, Emily Mellgard examines the origins and ideology of the ...


Where Does ISIS Stand in Somalia?

The Salafi-jihadi group has long had its eye on the East African nation.


Sub-Saharan Africa's Extremist Hotspots

Data from the first four months of the Global Extremism Monitor reveals that extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa are as destruc...

Sub-Saharan Africa

Al-Shabaab Divided Over ISIS Courtship

ISIS has pursued al-Shabaab for its pledge of allegiance for months....


Will al-Shabaab join ISIS?

Rumours are circulating that al-Shabaab is to join ISIS, but such a move faces formidable obstacles, writes Emily Mellgard.


Al-Shabaab's Changing Tactics

After the second anniversary of al-Shabaab's attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall, the group's changing dynamics in Kenya in the past...


Al-Shabaab Rhetoric Suggests Potential Counter Narrative

As al-Shabaab seeks to expand in Kenya, it needs a receptive environment and recruits susceptible to its ideology....


Al-Shabaab's Three Crises

In the wake of al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane's death from a US airstrike in September, Stig Jarle Hansen examines the leader...