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The Benghazi whodunit: the curious case of Sufian bin Qumu

The same week that the State Department blacklisted three different but identically-named armed groups in North Africa as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, two conflicting reports—a Washington Post story and a New York Times article one day apart—resurrected a related, highly charged … Continue reading

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Book review: “Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia” by Philip Shishkin (2013)

Mao Zedong, the notorious and brutal father of China’s Communist Party, once wrote: “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, … Continue reading

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Arming Syria’s rebels: Will it work?

After two years of cautious restraint, the Obama administration has reportedly directed the Central Intelligence Agency to begin supplying and distributing small arms and ammunition to elements of the Syrian opposition. What pushed President Obama over the edge? The answers … Continue reading

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Libya – A one-sided standoff in Tripoli

It all happened so quickly. On Sunday, April 28 in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli, an unbridled militia armed with machine guns parked their trucks in front of the foreign ministry, effectively surrounding the building. Another group of armed men … 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: Que Tirah Tirah, renewed fighting in Darfur, and a military shakeup in Yemen

South Asia Pakistan: In perhaps the largest military offensive since Swat in 2009 and South Waziristan in 2010, Pakistani armed forces are attempting to dislodge Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) and Laskhar-e-Islam fighters from the Tirah Valley (map here). (Hence the pun in … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Bashir’s good mood in Sudan, Mozambique troubles, and Michel Djotodia learns his lesson

East Africa Sudan: We caught President Omar al-Bashir in an extremely generous mood this past month. In addition to agreeing to a rapprochement with South Sudan over oil and border demarcation and indicating that it would be willing to negotiate … Continue reading

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