23 July 2014.
By Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development
Today marks 100 days since over 200 girls were abducted in Northern Nigeria by Islamist militants belonging to Boko Haram.
Following the widely embraced, albeit now nearly forgotten #BringBackOurGirls campaign, a new slogan in the ongoing Boko Haram saga appears to have been coined: ‘Bring back our army’. This time however, it was not the parents of the missing girls who created...
15 July 2014.
IISS-US Discussion Meeting
Research Fellow for Security and Development
IISS-US, Washington DC
Tuesday 15 July 2014
21 May 2014.
Research Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
Head of Political Section, British High Commission, Abuja
Bala Mohammed Liman,
PhD Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies
Arundel House, London
Wednesday 21 May 2014, 6-7pm
02 May 2014.
The recent hijacking of a tanker in the Strait of Malacca replicated the methodology that has come to characterise piracy off the west coast of Africa. Despite the achievements of those engaged in combating piracy around the world, the incident indicated that piratical attacks are set to remain a significant maritime threat for some time to come.
Military Balance Blog
28 February 2014.
By Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security
On 15 February, a team of IISS staff flew to Nigeria to host a workshop on maritime security in West Africa, aboard HMS Portland, a Type-23 frigate that is currently the UK’s Atlantic patrol vessel.
Maritime security has become something of a hot topic in West Africa, with the Gulf of Guinea becoming the most virulent region in terms of...
The Military Balance
05 February 2014.
Sub-Saharan Africa: The conflict in Mali; Continental security initiatives; Defence economics
South Africa: Deployment lessons
Nigeria: Moving beyond Joint Task Forces
Ethiopia: Creating national armed forces; Defence Reform; Reform during operations; Defence economics
Military Balance Blog
04 February 2014.
By James Hackett, Editor, The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis
African defence and security forms a key analytical segment in the latest edition of The Military Balance. Mali is a central part of this year’s coverage, which analyses the French-led intervention and the recasting of Mali’s armed forces under the guidance of an EU Training Mission. However, durable solutions to the security problems in Mali, in the...
18 December 2013.
Current insecurity in the Nigeria's Niger Delta region is the result of a long-running struggle by local groups for control of its abundant resources. The kidnappings and incidents of piracy for which the area was once notorious do still go on, but have declined since 2006. Oil theft, or 'bunkering' as it known locally, poses the greater security threat now.
20 November 2013.
By Claire Willman, Executive Assistant to the Director-General and CEO
Controversy over host Sri Lanka’s human-rights record meant that India, Canada and Mauritius stayed away from last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. For an entirely different reason, there was another no-show: the West African nation of Gambia.
The boycotts – and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s calls for an international investigation into alleged war crimes at the end of Sri...
17 October 2013.
By Virginia Comolli, Research Associate for Transnational Threats
Over the past decade, there has been a growing concern among policymakers, international institutions and the media about West Africa’s role as a transit hub for drug trafficking; added to this are fears that terrorist groups are becoming involved in the drug trade. These issues complicate the already tense interplay between enforcing security and stability on the one hand, and delivering effective aid...