Boko Haram

Is Nigeria at Risk of Becoming a Failed State?

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Mass kidnappings are fueling concerns that the Nigerian state is losing control.

Cameroon’s Authorities Are Being Pressed on Two Fronts

Unified Focus 2017 tabletop exercise brings multinational collaboration to Cameroon, cc Flickr US Army Africa, modified,

Separatist militants on one side; Boko Haram on the other.

JNIM: The New Terrorist Threat from the Sahel


You may not have heard of JNIM, but you will soon. The group is inflaming local ethnic conflicts, killing peacekeepers, and pushing a vulnerable region closer to anarchy.

Buhari’s Star Losing Its Shine ahead of Nigeria Elections

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Fending off criticism over corruption, his poor health, and a worsening national security outlook, President Buhari’s path to reelection in February is anything but assured.

Cameroon: The Next Flashpoint in Africa’s “Conflict Belt”

cAMFLAG, cc Flickr Nicolas Raymond, modified,

A linguistic conflict risks plunging Cameroon into civil war and further destabilizing a vulnerable region.

Farmer-Fulani Herdsmen Clashes Eclipse Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria


According to the Global Terrorism Index, Fulani militias are the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world. So why has no one head of them?

Cameroon Crisis Imperils Bilateral Relations, Cocoa Crop


A long-running linguistic dispute in Cameroon has now spawned a secessionist movement that’s imperiling both the country’s bilateral relations with Nigeria and its cocoa-growing heartland in the southwest.

Pirates Target Transnational Shipping off of Nigeria

110413-N-HI707-170 U.S. Navy sailors conduct visit, board, search and seizure training with Nigerian special operations sailors at the Joint Maritime Special Operations Training Command as part of Africa Partnership Station West in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 13, 2011. Africa Partnership Station is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Darryl Wood, U.S. Navy. (Released)

The global trend of decreased piracy is being bucked in Nigeria, where Niger Delta-based pirate groups hijacked five vessels in 2017.

Food Insecurity a Boon for Boko Haram in Nigeria

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Boko Haram is taking advantage of the poverty and food insecurity in northern Nigeria to stage a comeback.

History Repeating? Nigeria’s President on Extended Medical Leave

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Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London for medical treatment for a month now. Back home, rumors are swirling as the Nigerian government grapples with a worsening economic outlook.

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