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It’s likely that the terrorist group will be defeated one day. But there are no signs that the political elite is capable of changing.
Bali Bomber Umar Patek is released from prison.
For the time being, terrorism is a reduced threat in Australia. But the threat is not going away entirely.
Members of the Nigerian Armed Forces Sniper Unit
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Spiralling insecurity is one of the biggest takeaways when considering Nigeria’s year in review, in 2022.
Research using the records of offenders shows a shift online but also towards less committed adherence to extremist causes among offenders.
As the year ends, how has New Zealand fared on global and domestic measurements, from social and economic freedoms to tackling poverty and homelessness?
African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo during his exile in Botswana.
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A historian counters the popular view that the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall set in motion talks to end apartheid. The process was unstoppable by then.
Catholic faithful stage a peaceful protest to condemn the rampant killing in Benue State, North Central of Nigeria.
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Through articles written by academic experts in the course of the year, The Conversation Africa takes a second look at Nigeria in 2022.
Parents of students abducted from Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, pray inside the school premises.
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To stem the tide of violent extremism across the Sahel region, especially northwest Nigeria, the vulnerabilities and grudges of border communities need to be properly addressed.
Pupils in Kenya hold prayers for victims of a 2013 terror attack in Nairobi.
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Kenyan families with access to mass media are significantly more afraid of terrorism than those without access.
South African foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, right, hosts US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, for the SA-US Strategic Dialogue in Pretoria, in August 2022.
Tensions between the US and South Africa – this time over the terror alert – are nothing new. Their relations have always had highs and lows since South Africa became a democracy in 1994.
The country needs to pay closer attention to compliance with anti-money laundering legislation.
South Africa has long been seen as deficient in dealing with terrorism financing.
People cheer at the army after the latest coup in Burkina Faso.
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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.
A member of the National Guard patrols the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 2021.
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The rise in contemporary right-wing political extremism – and violence – can be traced back to events in the 1990s.
Members of security forces during an anti-terrorism simulation exercise in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Terror alerts, such as the one recently issued by the US and UK embassies in Abuja, should be taken seriously by the Nigerian government as well as citizens.
Relatives of victims of the 2002 Bali bombings hang an Australian flag at the memorial monument in Kuta, Indonesia.
The bombings sparked unprecedented political, security and aid cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. But this gradually waned as new tensions arose.
Bali bombings commemorative mural at Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Losing a loved one in traumatic circumstances can lead to persistent grief that does not ease over time.
The Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu where a 30-hour Al-Shabaab siege left 21 people dead in August 2022.
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Al-Shabaab’s evolution over nearly two decades has been centred around three major goals.
In my research into the Bali bombings and their aftermath, I have spoken to many people who were there or lost someone in the attack.
When you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to miss it.
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Those who seek to cause harm are as capable of generating creative ideas as anyone else. Two psychologists and counterterrorism scholars suggest how not to overlook a new danger.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) supports the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country.
After nine years in Mali the Yérèwolo movement demands its withdrawal.
Mali’s ruling junta, which has already secured the end of France’s Barkhane operation and has largely moved closer to Moscow, is now targeting the UN mission in the country, the Minusma.