Spiralling insecurity is one of the biggest takeaways when considering Nigeria’s year in review, in 2022.
To understand the latest coup in Burkina Faso, one must appreciate the internal power struggles in the country, their links with violent extremism as well as the role of external state actors.
Rather than ban motorcycles, the Nigerian government must intensify its military campaigns and address socioeconomic causes of insecurity.
Incidents of terror attack on churches in Nigeria don’t happen in a vacuum. They are driven by jihadism, pastoral conflicts and related criminality.
Recent incidents have been read as a campaign against Christians, but other religious groups feel they are targets too.
Though its full impact is unpredictable, the withdrawal of France from Mali will have some likely effects.
The latest coup now presents a fork in the road for West African, French, and American policymakers.
The Taliban say they won’t allow jihadi groups to flourish under their rule. But there is good reason to believe that al-Qaida, IS and other regional groups will benefit from the takeover.
Resolving jihadist conflicts in the Sahel requires treating jihadists not as terrorists only but also as political actors who seek to provide an alternative form of governance to the status quo.
In the wake of the Christchurch and Auckland attacks, should official definitions of terrorism conflate the actions of a white supremacy extremist and a radical Islamist extremist?
Burkina Faso faces a new terrorist threat. Terrorist groups are now flourishing within its borders.
Declining US involvement in The Horn would leave a vacuum that others can fill.
Only by prosecuting extremists will the world be able to marginalize those who carry out violent acts and those who give credence to their ideas.
The absence of a strong government in Mali
allows jihadists to enter new areas and flourish.
Kenya has done a great deal to prevent and manage terror attacks but there are still many problems that need to be addressed.
The jihadi initiative remains a loose political force in Kenya. This is dangerous for a few reasons.
Herders and farmers are unhappy about the way a corrupt state exploits rural peasants.
Companies, such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft are working together to take down terrorist propaganda.
These attacks do not involve direct contact with terrorists in the Middle East. Instead, individuals already living in the US are learning the “how-tos” of jihad online.
Machine learning isn’t reliable enough yet – and it’s short-sighted to only train this detection tech on jihadi content.