Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

August 28, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United...

Why Is the US Fighting in Niger?

November 26, 2017

Across Africa, the US military operates in the shadows.   In October, four American soldiers were killed by Islamist fighters in an ambush near the Niger-Mali border. The incident soon brought media attention to the troops stationed there, yet most of this was focused on Donald Trump’s...

The Al-Qaeda Affiliates Merger in Mali

March 28, 2017

Mali's inability to improve its security conditions means that it is likely to remain a key base for al-Qaeda’s activism in the region. On March 2, 2017, leaders of several Mali-based terrorist factions linked to al-Qaeda released a video statement announcing the creation of a new...