What’s in a Name?: Boko Haram renames itself the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP)

Boko Haram has recently declared its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) and renamed itself the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP).

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What lessons from Somalia for an African-led intervention in Mali?

As the new chair of the African Union’s political and security commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, took up her post yesterday, she vowed to tackle the growing ills of Mali and Islamic extremism in the Sahel . In large part, she was responding to last week’s United Nations Security Council resolution which empowered Africa’s regional institutions to come up with a solution, amid growing concern from the United States and others, about the convergence of crises in the west of the continent. Read more »

Somalia – Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future

These days good news is coming out of Somalia thick and fast. It has been more than three months since Associated Press removed the tag of “world’s most dangerous city” from its capital, Mogadishu. Last week, extremist insurgents were pushed out of the commercial hub of Kismayo, Somalia’s second city, which they had vowed to defend at all costs. Read more »

Sudan’s Dictator Wants Satellites to Stop Spying on His Crimes

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has issues with satellites. It's not that he would mind some of his own, if Sudan suddenly developed a working space program. It's rather those pesky foreign satellites snooping on Bashir's war crimes and state-orchestrated genocide that he wants to get rid of. Read more »