Part I As for the question of the reasons for the radicalization of Boko Haram, there is no common agreement, the same contestation exists about the problem of how the emergence of this religious sect could be explained. Up to now, there are several hypotheses about this problem. For many […]
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West Africa’s Nigeria became involved in escalating violence since July 2009 when shadowy Islamic sect Boko Haram started with series of terrorist violence followed by the Government’s counter-terrorism military actions. In Nigeria, there were between the years 1999 and 2008 some 28 conflicts based on religious differences of which the […]
Leaders must be accountable to their people. Prolonged periods of absence from the public spotlight, particularly if the said leader is abroad for medical treatment to deal with an undisclosed illness, will naturally lead to speculation that only grows more outrageous with time.
Connecting Nigeria to the emerging Multipolar World Order through China’s interlinked oil, financial, and developmental deals is a step in the right direction, but it’ll nevertheless take more than the “petroyuan” and railroads to save this failing state, but if Beijing is successful, then it might also end up saving Europe from the Migrant Crisis 2.0.
Looking beyond the failed (former) “state” of Libya that NATO destroyed in 2011, there are several other crises waiting to happen in Africa and which could serve as the trigger for a Migrant Crisis 2.0. The first one isn’t country-specific but deals with the continent’s woes in general.
Part I, part II, part III, part IV In approaching the end of the African Hybrid War research, the series will now take to addressing the strategic vulnerabilities inherent in Niger, a country which is triply important for its uranium reserves, geographic position just north of Niger, and the emerging […]
We often find ourselves cruelly reminded of the primacy of ‘news values’. Last September, up to 50 male students at a college in northeast Nigeria were slaughtered: many burned alive, those fleeing drowned in showers of bullets. The news was reported by a few wires. Again in February, 59 boys were locked […]
If the militant group Boko Haram can be deemed a virus, then it has rich material to feed off. The cells of its enrichment remain those complicit in its achievements within Nigeria and beyond. Even as there remains a continued fascination with the girls kidnapped by the group six months […]
President Obama’s recent decision to re-focus U.S. military power away from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Asia-Pacific region and, to a lesser extent, Africa, means that China and certain rebel groups in Africa have replaced the old contrived bogeyman of Osama bin Laden’s “Al Qaeda” at the top of Uncle […]