From Al-Shabaab to Daesh

A new piece for my institutional home RUSI, looking at something I have been wondering about for a while, which is whether there is anything to be learned from the fact that the flow of foreign fighters between the two places seems to be the same stream. It is something worth a deeper study than […] Read more »

Four Maps that Explain Islam in Asia

Islam transcends the Middle-Eastern corridor with which most Westerners associate it, stretching from the western coast of Africa to the Pacific Ocean. It contains an incredible variety of different sects, beliefs, and traditions, most of which firmly reject the violent, intolerant, and jihadist tradition that groups like al Qaeda, al Shabaab, and ISIS represent. In […]

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Military’s Next Africa Chief Indicates 3 Terror Groups Are on His Hit List

Military’s Next Africa Chief Indicates 3 Terror Groups Are on His Hit List
Here’s an indicator of how the U.S. military considers northern and eastern Africa the next major battlefield of the ongoing war on terrorism. “Countering violent extremist groups” will be the “first priority” of the U.S. Africa Command, according to its ...
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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 »

Bombings in Uganda raise further concern for security and counterterrorist measures in neighbouring Kenya

Sunday, 11 July, as people watched the World Cup finals, twin blasts shook the Ugandan capital city Kampala, killing 74 people. This recent attack on civilians has been blamed on Al-Shabaab, a radical Islamist group increasingly at the center of … Continue reading Read more »

A New Strategy for Somalia

by R. Bennett Furlow To say Somalia has problems would be the very definition of an understatement.  Piracy has certainly received its share of attention, primarily because it is sensational and somewhat easy to comprehend.  The chaos in the south also gets some attention due to the rise of Islamists groups and the potential for Somalia to become a terrorist safe haven.  Despite this increase in attention, there has been no real political or humanitarian […] Read more »