• ACD Insight

    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.

  • 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.

  • Survival

    The Black Bonaparte

    17 July 2017.  Philippe Girard’s exhaustively researched book, Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life, is a reminder that even the greatest among us reflect the constraints of our own times.

  • IISS Voices

    An end to more than 50 years of civil war(s) in Colombia

    10 July 2017.  Following the successful disarmament of the FARC, the UN Security Council unanimously voted, on 10th July, to establish a second mission in Colombia to monitor the political, economic and social reintegration of former combatants. In a country where the majority of the population has never experienced peace, there are concerns that FARC fighters may go on to join the forces of criminal gangs.

  • IISS Voices

    Deciphering the jihadist threat on Libya’s shifting sands

    05 July 2017.  With a possible collaboration between the Libyan branch of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups on the ground, the jihadist threat in Libya becomes even more amorphous.

  • ACD Insight

    Deciphering the jihadist threat on Libya’s shifting sands

    04 July 2017.  With a possible collaboration between the Libyan branch of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups on the ground, the jihadist threat in Libya becomes even more amorphous.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Kurds’ precarious balancing act in Syria

    19 May 2017. 

    The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) utility to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has bolstered its military capability and territorial position in Syria – despite Turkey's opposition. But if the eventual defeat of ISIS results in a scaling back of US involvement in Syria, the PYD will be weakened and will probably seek a more durable alliance with President Bashar al-Assad's regime and its ally, Russia.

  • Survival

    The Interpreters

    16 May 2017.  The treatment of local civilians formerly employed by foreign militaries in Afghanistan is a source of shame for the soldiers with whom they served.

  • Survival

    Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?

    16 May 2017.  The most fateful American choice in the rise of ISIS was also the oldest one: the 2003 decision to invade Iraq, followed by the mismanagement of the occupation.

  • Survival

    The End of a Caliphate

    16 May 2017.  It is not clear that the United States will commit to the long-term efforts needed to prevail against the Islamic State’s affiliates, and to ensure the organisation does not re-emerge in Iraq and Syria.

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