Identifying Global Terrorism Trends

December 19, 2016

What is behind the rise in terrorism across the globe? This November, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the Global Terrorism Index 2016, the latest of its yearly reports laying out year-on-year statistical trends in worldwide terrorism. The report draws from a comprehensive...

A Second Insurgency in the Niger Delta

June 13, 2016

Nigeria's government could soon see itself fighting two insurgencies, one against Boko Haram in the north and one against Biafra in the east. Following a spate of attacks against oil pipelines in the Niger Delta, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to hold talks with local leaders...

Diaspora Offers Nigeria Hope in Fight Against Boko Haram

March 05, 2016

With many middle-class professionals in the diaspora, Nigeria should look to expats on how to combat Boko Haram. Terrorism is a global phenomenon, but the way it is manifested is regional, local and culturally specific. In Nigeria, Boko Haram has been most deadly in the Muslim north. For some...

The Year Ahead for Global Security

February 11, 2016

The year 2016 will prove even more testing for global security. Last year saw an increasingly unstable picture for global security, with a significant rise in terrorist attacks across the world, further unrest in Ukraine, continued violence on both the east and west coasts of Africa, and a...

What Lies Behind the Rise of Jihadist Movements in Africa?

June 11, 2015

The failure of African states to adequately address their differences has provided the fertile ground on which rebel groups now prosper. Africa arguably faces the biggest threat to political stability since the collapse of colonialism in the mid-20th century. The threat comes from the...

Nigerian Elections Set the Stage for Jonathan vs Buhari

March 23, 2015

Nigeria faces an uphill battle as it wades through challenges that could derail its presidential elections. Seen as a fast growing economy and a strong democratic force in the region, Nigeria is at a crossroads in its journey as a rising African power. Marred by the emergence of Boko Haram, the...

Delayed Election Puts Safety of Nigerian Women in the Spotlight

March 16, 2015

Amid a delayed election and a Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerian women and girls are increasingly becoming targets of violence. Nigerian authorities recently postponed elections that had been scheduled for February, ostensibly to give them more time to fight Boko Haram, the militant Islamist...

The World This Week: Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

March 13, 2015

Republican senators in the US and hard-line mullahs in Iran have made common cause against prospects of peace. Who would have imagined that clean cut white Christians in the US Senate would hop into bed with hard-line bearded Shiite mullahs in Iran? By writing a letter to the leaders of Iran,...

The World This Week: Democracy is Messy

February 06, 2015

This week, three Latin American countries are under the spotlight. For years, countries in Latin America were ruled by military dictators. Finally, democracy is taking root. Now, these countries are facing the perpetual questions that every democracy has to confront. How does a democracy further...

Media Coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the Baga Massacre: A Study in Contrasts

January 14, 2015

While 17 people died over three days of terror in France, 2,000 were killed at the hands of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Consider two tragic events that took place last week. A small cell of Islamist terrorists attacked cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Paris...

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