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Has Boko Haram met its match? Chad and the African intervention force in Nigeria

The month of February saw two significant developments in Nigeria, both related to the pernicious Islamist insurgency most commonly known as Boko Haram. First, of course, was the unexpected postponement of much-anticipated national elections originally slated for February 14 on … Continue reading

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To combat Boko Haram, it’s time for Nigeria to think big

Much has been written about Boko Haram, Nigeria’s ruthless Islamic insurgency, since more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped last month. But there remains a considerable amount of confusion over how Boko Haram came to be, and more importantly, what to … Continue reading

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“War” in West Africa?

Scanning the headlines, it would seem that war was all the rage this past week in West Africa. It began last Saturday in Paris, where the leaders of five West African countries—Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and even tiny Benin—confidently agreed … Continue reading

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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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Weekly News Roundup: Nigeria’s state of emergency, Kidal battle looming, and Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia

Missed a week again as I was away in the greatest city in the world. But have no fear, a double helping of news roundup is here for all to see. West Africa Nigeria: In the most drastic measures taken … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Iraq on edge, coup in Chad, and a town flattened in Nigeria

It’s a 2-for-1 deal! Having failed to deliver a news roundup last weekend, I’ll use this weekend’s roundup to cover two weeks-worth of news and analysis below. As usual, lots going on. Middle East & North Africa Turkey: The Kurdistan … 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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