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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

Senegal, ISIS, and al-Qaeda: A Terrorism Trifecta

The West African nation contributes to regional counter-terror initiatives, is located within the geographic reach of al-Qaeda inf...

ISIS

The Aftermath of the Chibok Girls Deal

Do videos released by Boko Haram spell the end for hopes of broader negotiations between the jihadi group and the government?

Boko Haram

The Chibok Girls Deal: A Sign that Dialogue with Boko Haram is Possible?

This latest agreement could be a harbinger for broader dialogue with the ISIS affiliate, or an indication that it is softening its...

Boko Haram

Al-Qaeda’s Nigerian Chapter

Is al-Qaeda trying to court a Boko Haram faction away from its alliance to ISIS?

Boko Haram

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....

Somalia

What a New Jihadi Group Means for Mali

Early in March, four Islamic extremist factions in Mali merged and pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda....

Briefing

The Oxygen of Publicity: Boko Haram’s PR Machine

From audio tapes to ISIS-style videos, Boko Haram's propaganda strategy has grown increasingly sophisticated.

Boko Haram

What a Recent Attack Tells Us About Boko Haram’s Ideology

A suicide blast at the University of Maiduguri opens a new chapter in the ISIS affiliate's guerilla warfare, and gives insight int...

Boko Haram
A woman walks through the streets of Maiduguri.

Africa's 2017 Terrorism Outlook

What can the continent expect from Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and ISIS – and efforts to count...

Sub-Saharan Africa

Terrorism in South Africa: What is the Risk?

Islamist extremist sleeper cells and US warnings of imminent attacks on Cape Town and Johannesburg shopping malls added to mountin...

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Johannesburg skyline.

Is Niger ISIS' Newest Arena in Africa?

ISIS describes the sub-Saharan state as a country where it exerts 'medium-control,' placing it in the same bracket as places like ...

ISIS

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 ...

al-Shabaab

What is Boko Haram?

Jihadi organisation Boko Haram continues to ravage Nigeria's northeast and the Lake Chad Basin....

Boko Haram

How ISIS is Challenging al-Qaeda in West Africa

A recent attack in Burkina Faso's Sahel region was the first formally claimed by an ISIS-aligned group in an area dominated by tho...

Sub-Saharan Africa