• Events

    Divided we thrive? Boko Haram and the Islamic State

    05 February 2018. 

    Monday 5 February, 4–5.30pm AST
    IISS–Middle East, Bahrain
    Jacob Zenn J.D., Fellow on African Affairs, Jamestown Foundation
    Dr Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS–Middle East

  • Strategic Comments

    Strategic implications of the ambush in Niger

    22 November 2017. 

    The October jihadist ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers on a combined patrol with Nigerien forces dead has raised questions about the extent to which US military personnel should advise and assist local military operations overseas. It has also produced controversy about civil-military relations in the Trump administration. As a result, Congress's post-9/11 Authorization of the Use of Military Force, delegating broad powers to the president to initiate counter-terrorism efforts, may be curtailed.

  • IISS Voices

    Boko Haram’s cross-border attacks: tactical manoeuvring to mitigate weakness

    19 July 2017.  The Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram has stepped up its cross-border operations, a survival tactic which may – as it has for other transnational groups – work to prevent organisational weaknesses and territorial losses from bringing about the group's downfall.

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 4: Sub-Saharan Africa

    09 May 2017. 

    Central African Republic
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Nigeria (Boko Haram)
    Nigeria (Delta Region)
    South Sudan
    Sudan (Blue Nile, Darfur and South Kordofan)

  • Events

    Mauritania's Security Approach: Domestic and Regional Challenges

    25 April 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    H.E. Dr. Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Cooperation, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
    2-3 Bloomsbury House, London, WC1A 2RL
    Tuesdsay 25 April 2017, 3.30pm–4.30pm BST

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 February 2017.  Sub-Saharan Africa: Continental Security Developments; African Standby Force: slow progress; Results of Amani Africa II; Regional developments; African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis; AU–UN cooperation; Recent developments; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence economics and procurement

    Eritrea: Defence policy; Armed forces; Defence economics and industry

  • IISS Voices

    The Gambia: Operation Restore Democracy

    27 January 2017.  Last week the Gambian people saw their first democratic transfer of power. However, neighbouring states had to threaten force to secure it. Virginia Comolli makes sense of what went wrong for former president Yahya Jammeh.

  • Events

    Radicalisation in Nigeria: getting to know Boko Haram

    02 December 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mahdi Abdile, Fellow and Senior Researcher, European Institute of Peace
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 2 December 2016, 10.30–11.30AM BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Nigeria’s security under Buhari

    10 August 2016. 

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has made progress in containing the jihadist group Boko Haram in the northeast, but in other parts of the country he faces burgeoning security challenges. These include Niger Delta rebels attacking oil facilities, Biafran separatists confronting security forces, Muslim pastoralists fighting Christian farmers and Shia Muslim political agitation. Buhari will need to formulate and fund considered policies to stem the rise of each element and prevent some from converging with others.

  • IISS Voices

    Anastasia Voronkova: One year after the Mali peace agreement, peace is still remote

    12 July 2016.  A year after the Algiers Peace Accord was signed in Mali on 20 June 2015, the peacemaking process continues at a slow pace while prospects of a renewed civil war grow

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