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....


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.

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 ...


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

Why Would al-Shabaab Target Turkey?

Close diplomatic and economic ties between Somalia and Turkey undermine the militant group's operations on its home turf.


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....


Kenya's Religious Violence Risks Worsening

As Kenya grapples with religious violence, rising radicalisation is exacerbated by challenges facing moderate religious leaders an...


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...


Domestic Policies Complicate Kenyan Insecurity

Two recently published reports, from the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) and the International Crisis Group (ICG), graphically...


Al-Shabaab Capitalises on Muslim Grievances in Kenya

Kenyan security operations against al-Shabaab members and sympathisers within their borders are perceived by many Kenyan Muslims a...