• IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: 100 days and counting - a view from the US

    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...

  • Events

    Forgotten, but not gone: the continuing threat of Boko Haram

    15 July 2014.  IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Virginia Comolli
    Research Fellow for Security and Development
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 15 July 2014

  • Events

    #BringBackOurGirls: The Incident that put Boko Haram on the Map

    21 May 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Virginia Comolli, 
    Research Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Paul Edwards,
    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

  • Strategic Comments

    Enduring threat of global piracy

    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

    Christian Le Mière: Growing maritime insecurity in West Africa

    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

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    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

    James Hackett: Africa - a year of interventions

    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...

  • Strategic Comments

    Niger Delta: threat shifts to crime

    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.

  • IISS Voices

    Claire Willman: Gambia - losing friends and alienating people

    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...

  • IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: The securitisation of drug policy in West Africa

    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...

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