22 July 2015.
Nigeria cannot defeat Boko Haram by itself; it needs the help of its neighbours. But the regional fight will not be easy.
22 July 2015.
Guest post by Alia Brahimi, Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University and IISS Armed Conflict Survery contributor, and Chris Mackmurdo, Director, Contest Global
On 9 July the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the extraordinary step of urging all British nationals, including roughly 3,000 tourists, to leave Tunisia. This tightened travel advice followed the Sousse attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) that left 38 people dead, including 30 British holidaymakers...
21 July 2015.
With last week’s reopening of the Westgate Mall – site of a major terrorist attack in 2013 – Nairobi’s governor is claiming all is safe before US President Barack Obama's impending visit. Yet despite recent setbacks in their neighbouring homeland of Somalia, al-Shabaab continues to plague Kenya
14 July 2015.
By Benjamin Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa
The June 26 resort massacre in Tunisia that resulted in thirty-eight deaths revealed that the only Arab democracy is woefully underprepared to take on the brutality of the Islamic State. Like the March attack at Tunis’ Bardo museum, the beach and hotel had very limited security and the response times of police were insufficient to prevent dozens of...
09 July 2015.
Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS
Doctoral Researcher, Brazil Institute, King’s College London
Arundel House, London
Thursday 9 July 2015
08 July 2015.
British spies’ bulk collection of citizens’ phone and internet metadata doesn’t breach EU law, a new government report says. However, the document does recommend an overhaul of the complex UK law governing the field.
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...
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...
30 May 2015.
Shangri-La Dialogue 2015 Special Session One
Chair: General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, Senior Adviser for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, IISS; former Chief of the Defence Staff, United Kingdom
Senator John McCain, Chairman, Armed Services Committee, United States Senate
General Knud Bartels, Chairman, NATO Military Committee
General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canada
Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
Colonel Lu Yin, Associate Research Fellow, Strategic Teaching and Research Department, National Defense University, People’s Liberation Army, China
26 May 2015.
China’s New Frontier: Xinjiang; The fallout from the Urumqi riots; Escalating violence; Tibet; The Dalai Lama and the independence movement; The 2008 riots; Surveillance grid; Hong Kong; Chronology of protests; Beijing’s core concerns