Britain’s Support Could Be Key To Beating Boko Haram

It has been a quiet holiday period so far, though I kept busy catching up on work and doing a couple of solicited op-eds. This first one was in response to the British Defence Secretary’s announcement of the deployment of more British forces to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram for Newsweek. Another out later in […] Read more »

Calibrating a Commonwealth-wide response to terrorism

Catching up on some old posting again, this from a piece that was co-authored with RUSI colleague Dr Sasha Jesperson for a special publication issued for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that just took place in Malta. Thanks to Sasha for taking the lead on this one! Calibrating a Commonwealth-wide response to Terrorism Terrorism […] Read more »

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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From Boko Haram to Ansaru: The Evolution of Nigerian Jihad

And another long ago written piece, that has only emerged now, this time an Occasional Paper for my home institution RUSI looking at Boko Haram and the evolution of Nigerian jihad. This was something that I did a little while back when Ansaru were a more prominent threat, and was when I was doing more […] Read more »

What We Are Reading

International News Coverage   Middle East, Terrorism and Counterterrorism   Islamic State appears to be fraying from within Liz Sly / The Washington Post The Islamic State ¬appears to be starting to fray from within, as dissent, defections and setbacks on the battlefield sap the group’s strength and erode its aura of invincibility among those […]

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What We Are Reading

International News Coverage   Middle East, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Retired Generals: U.S. set for failure in Iraq and Syria without clear Strategy Thomas Gibbons-Neff / The Washington Post Without a clear strategy from the White House and the return of a robust defense budget, the United States is set for failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, and […]

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