Tag Archives: AQIM

After Westgate, assessing a terrorist group’s “strength,” “weakness,” and strategy

One of the principal analytical errors committed by journalists and “experts” in international affairs is to hastily transform a singular data point into a “trend.” A case in point: after the recent, horrible terrorist attacks at the Westgate Shopping Center … Continue reading

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Updated Mali map – as of May 13, 2013

It’s time to update the Mali map again… A sampling of notable occurrences in the past two months: -AQIM coordinated an attack on central Timbuktu in late March. Using a suicide bombing on the city’s outskirts as a ruse, fighters … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: What you missed while watching the “Boston manhunt”

It has certainly been a harrowing week, especially for current residents of the Boston area—including myself. As far as we know now, the Boston Marathon bombers were Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers born in Kyrgyzstan with family in … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 2 (Sub-Saharan Africa)

We’re now two weeks into the most exciting three weeks of the year—NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. For those of you who might not know: each year, 68 college teams (annoyingly bumped up from 65 a few years ago) compete … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Central African quagmire, Burmese violence, and UN steps up its game in Congo

A little late again with the news roundup, but you can rest easy: a sampling of this past week’s hot topics (hot, that is, if you are a Central African Republic follower) below! Central Africa Central African Republic (CAR): This … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda’s Gamble in Mali

A few years from now, when the first full-length book on Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is written (any takers?), how will it characterize the group’s recent adventure in Mali? My bet: Mali will be described as a … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 1 (Europe and the Middle East)

It’s mid-March. Those of you in the United States know what that means: it’s time for the most exciting three weeks of the year—NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. Each year, 68 college teams (annoyingly bumped up from 65 a few … Continue reading

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