A French soldier involved in Operation Barkhane to keep Al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali patrols a street in Timbuktu.
The US and France have bolstered military strength across vast areas of Africa in response to Islamist threat. But the interest is also driven by Western strategic calculations
Participants in the Finote Hiwot project to end child, early and forced marriage in Ethiopia.
Department for International Development/Jessica Lea
A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
President Buhari meets with a woman rescued from Boko Haram.
Muhammadu Buhari rode into power on a wave of goodwill – but Nigeria's troubles just won't go away.
The guided missile destroyer USS Barry deploys to sea from Naval Station Norfolk ahead of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Politicians are still debating whether climate change is real, but military planners call it a serious threat. A retired rear admiral explains how climate change affects U.S. national security.
These Yazidi sisters managed to escape captivity by Islamic State. Thousands more were not so lucky.
Slavery is making a comeback, thanks to Islamic State and Boko Haram. But the UN can help.
Islam is not a monolith, and understanding its source code has value for everyone.
Undertaking a Muslim education – coming to understand the faith's teachings and its ideas about humanity – can have enormous value for anyone who wishes to tackle social conflicts.
Boko Haram is still outpacing the Nigerian authorities.
The deadly Islamist group Boko Haram has lost ground and split into factions, but it's far from beaten.
A pastoralist refugee in Cameroon.
The marked increase in the number of Nigerian pastoralists fleeing Boko Haram terror in northeastern Nigeria last year reflects a trend that started three years ago.
Policewomen lock hands during a protest march in Nigeria.Collaboration between police and communities is helping improve safety in parts of the country.
A new study shows an amazingly symbiotic relationship between the community and police in Nigeria: 70% of survey respondents claim that collaboration has brought safety to their communities.
Residents view an army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria.
Despite military successes against Boko Haram, Nigeria needs to face up to the unpalatable truth that military force alone will not win the deadly war, and start discussions about peace building.
Baby Lurky, whose family was displaced by Boko Haram in the northeast region of Nigeria, sleeps at a camp in Adamawa State.
The rise in the number of people fleeing Boko Haram terror calls for urgent amendments to Nigeria's constitution to provide legal protection to the country's millions of internally displaced citizens.
A young Chibok schoolgirl rescued two years after being abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Abduction, sexual violence, early marriage: a few of the choices facing adolescent girls who ought instead to be in school.
Tensions between cattle herders and crop-farming communities in Nigeria have escalated in the past few months.
Escalating clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria threaten the country's national and food security. A response based on innovation, sustainability and political will is urgently needed.
Members of the Senegalese anti-government youth movement Y'en a Marre (We’re Fed Up), in Dakar.
US President Barack Obama would do well to refocus America's interventions in Africa to support peaceful activists fighting for democracy.
Terror on the beach in Grand Bassam.
The gun attack at a hotel marks another bloody chapter in West Africa's fight against Islamist militancy.
Without the perfect-storm conditions of post-invasion insurgency, this most potent expression of al-Qaedaism yet would never have risen to dominate both the Middle East and the world in the way that it does.
The final article of our series on the historical roots of Islamic State examines the role recent Western intervention in the Middle East played in the group's inexorable rise.
A tank recaptured from Boko Haram.
The African terror group has been weakened, but it's now wreaking a new kind of havoc.
The aftermath of a Libyan militia’s clash with Islamic State.
Mercenaries and private armies have always been controversial – but are they really any worse than regular armies?
Christmas Eve 2015, Paris.
Well Santa has come and gone, at least for the largest proportion of the world’s population. And, as we reach the end of the year, it is inevitably time to review recent trends and the prospects for 2016…
In Egypt, the Great Pyramid was illuminated with the French, Russian and Lebanese flags in solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks, but most of the focus in the West has been on the victims in Paris.
Selective sympathy raises troubling questions. If you neglect suffering in other places, it is much more difficult to mobilise political actors to take it seriously.