• Expert Commentary

    Washington Times: Nigeria's deadly Boko Haram 'didn't come out of the blue'

    19 June 2015.  Interview with Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development WASHINGTON TIMES: Why did you write a book about Boko Haram? VIRGINIA COMOLLI: I came to look at Boko Haram not because I am an Africanist, but because I am a security analyst very much interested in state groups. Most of my work is channelled through the study of insurgencies, extremism, terrorism and organized crime. So this is how I started to...

  • Events

    Boko Haram: Nigeria's Islamist Insurgency

    17 June 2015. 

    Adelphi Launch
    Virginia Comolli
    Research Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Brian Neubert
    Deputy Director, Nigeria Desk, US Department of State
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 17 June 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Christianity Today: Getting a Handle on Boko Haram

    05 June 2015.  Christianity Today interview with Virignia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development CHRISTIANITY TODAY: Why are the origins of Boko Haram so unclear? VIRGINIA COMOLLI: During my research, I was struck by the amount of confusion and contrasting views among high-level politicians and members of the military. There are people who believe it is a group purely motivated by violent religious extremism. Other people say it is a political movement. Other people think it’s...

  • Events

    Book Launch: Boko Haram - Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency

    21 May 2015. 

    Book Launch
    Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 21 May 2015

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 4: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 April 2015.  Central African Republic
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Ethiopia
    Nigeria (Delta Region)
    Nigeria (Ethno-religious Violence)
    Somalia
    South Sudan
    Sudan (Darfur)

  • IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: Nigeria’s Unlikely Election - The Road Ahead

    07 April 2015.  By Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development Although the Nigerian presidential campaigns were only formally launched in November 2014, we have been awaiting the recent presidential elections for much longer. It all began roughly two years ago when speculation over whether President Goodluck Jonathan would seek re-election sparked controversy. Now, almost anti-climatically, the wait is over: with a lead of 2.5 million votes, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and retired general Muhammadu...

  • IISS Voices

    Maxime Humeau: Countering Ebola in Sierra Leone - the British military contribution

    20 March 2015.  By Maxime Humeau, Land Warfare Research Assistant In the spring of 2014, several West African countries reported of what was to become the widest and most lethal Ebola epidemic in history. By mid-July the spread of the virus in Sierra Leone had outpaced the infection in Guinea and Liberia combined. The amplifying emergency drove the United Kingdom to deploy a force of 750 uniformed personnel to the country on October the...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Asian naval exports to Africa on the rise

    13 March 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry On 12 March 2015 India successfully completed its first warship sale as Mauritius commissioned MCGS Barracuda into coastguard service at a ceremony attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 74m-long, ship, with a full-load displacement of 1,350 tonnes, was ordered in 2012 for US$58.5 million and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal.  Whilst India...

  • Events

    Countering Ebola in Sierra Leone: The British Military Contribution

    11 March 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Brigadier Steve McMahon
    Commander 104th Logistic Support Brigade, British Army
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 11 March 2015

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    19 February 2015.  The Ebola crisis; Defence economics;
    Kenya: Defence economics
    The Somali National Army: structural and operational developments; Operations and tactics; International training support

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