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.
The opening ceremony of an exercise organized by the US military in Ndjamena, Chad earlier this year to take on Boko Haram.
Apart from numerous worldwide threats including from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the US is taking more notice of Africa due to the expansion of extremist organisations on the continent.
The scene in Zaria.
A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
No society is immune from the rise of ‘us and them’ intolerance expressed through anger and a desire for brutal revenge.
Islamic State is symptomatic of a disturbed and troubled social order. The vast crisis of dislocated people and communities is being expressed in anger, intolerance and perverted notions of honour.
The dogmas of ruling and rebel groups in Africa conflate political conflict and spirituality.
The failure of African states to adequately address their racial, ethnic, cultural, religious and economic differences provided the fertile ground on which rebel groups now prosper.
Many Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The failures of the African Union raise serious questions about when to deploy its security apparatus in general and the Africa Standby Force in particular.
Some of the 700 women freed from Boko Haram.
Hundreds of women rescued from the Nigerian Islamist group are pregnant after being held in sexual slavery.
When Australians hear about Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s dire warnings and counter-terrorism raids, they could lose historical perspective on the threat posed by Islamic State.
Dire government warnings and counter-terrorism raids in our suburbs paint a picture of the worst threat Western nations have ever faced. A little historical perspective is in order.
Muhammadu Buhari and his with vice president, Yemi Osibajo, must fix the economy if they want security.
Fixing unemployment, poverty and illiteracy will be at the top of the new president's to-do list. Then there's Boko Haram.
Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari celebrating.
What appears to be a peaceful transference of presidential power in Nigeria -- unprecedented in the country's history -- has global significance in the fight against cultist jihadism.
Standing up, being counted.
The 2015 elections in Nigeria were chaotic, but the country’s voters displayed immense courage in showing up at all. More than 20 people were killed, not in electoral violence between competing parties…
Damage from a Boko Haram bomb in Maiduguiri that claimed 51 lives.
As Nigeria goes to the polls, the fight against Boko Haram may be reaching a turning point – but in whose favour?
Goodluck Jonathan seeks a second term in office as Nigeria votes on March 28.
Nigeria heads to the polls on March 28 to choose between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.
Five years after amnesty, how serious are threats from some former militants?
Islamist group raises real fears over security around national vote, but there are others threatening the peace.
The Nigerian army patrols in Chibok, Borno State. There are reports South African mercenaries have joined them.
South Africans have a reputation for being among the best mercenaries in the world. It's no wonder Nigeria is turning to them.
Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, pictured in a video released in October 2014
The Nigerian Islamist group publicly made common cause with ISIS earlier this month – but what does it really mean?
The audio message has been attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
It's propaganda for sure but getting the Nigerian group on board does the caliphate no harm.
Anti-Boko Haram vigilante groups, such as this one in Gombi, have sprung up across Nigeria.
Nigera is facing an increasingly brazen campaign of violence and terror by Boko Haram.
Last year I shared a panel with Nigeria’s deputy electoral commissioner, who assured our audience without reservation that everything would be ready on time for the 2015 presidential election. It is apparently…