• Events

    Human Security and Conflict Resolution in West Africa

    15 October 2014. 

    Oppenheimer Lecture 2014
    Dr Aminata Touré
    Former Prime Minister of Senegal
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 15 October 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Survey: How committed is Nigeria to fight against Boko Haram?

    18 September 2014.  Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development, discusses the continuing silence over the fate of the 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria in April. Since the kidnappings, the conflict has developed to include mass killings, raiding and burning of villages, and human-rights abuses by the Nigerian military. This and the lack of progress regarding the Chibok girls, despite the promises made by the international community, begs...

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Snapshots: Hybrid Insecurity

    31 July 2014.  A new IISS research programme explores the threats to long-term development posed by complex security challenges. Virginia Comolli elaborates on the ‘hybrid insecurity’ confronting many developing countries, including the Boko Haram insurgency troubling Africa’s largest economy, instability posed by rapid urbanisation, and the role of organised criminal networks as surrogate providers of public services. 

  • 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...

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