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ISS: Women at the heart of Boko Haram and katiba Macina

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Whether voluntary or forced, women play a central role in the operations of violent extremist groups. Women play complex and nuanced roles in violent extremism...

ISS: Why effective handling of Boko Haram deserters matters

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The fact that thousands have left the group is an advantage, but only if they are properly reintegrated. In the highly volatile Lake Chad Basin...

Boko Haram teams up with bandits in Nigeria

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The violent extremist group is actively building alliances with gangsters as part of its expansionist agenda. When Boko Haram faction leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility...

ISS: Soldiers for rent in the Boko Haram crisis

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A Nigerian governor’s call for mercenaries to support the counter-insurgency revives questions about a controversial practice. Following Boko Haram’s brutal attack on dozens of farmers...

ISS: Boko Haram blocks Lake Chad trade routes

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Terrorism has disrupted a thriving regional trade hub sustained by generations of boat drivers. The Boko Haram insurgency has had devastating consequences on Lake Chad...

ISS: Time to consider talks with Boko Haram?

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Military interventions have failed to end a violent insurgency and humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin. The recent brutal murder of over 100...

Boko Haram strikes in Niger

An attack blamed on Boko Haram killed 28 people and burned 800 homes in Niger’s Diffa region on Saturday, Nigerien authorities and the UN...

Audio indicates Boko Haram behind Nigeria school kidnapping

An audio message from a man identifying himself as leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram said the Islamist group was responsible for kidnapping over 300...

Nigeria buries 43 farmers killed by militants, dozens missing

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Villagers in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state on Sunday buried 43 farmers killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants while security forces searched for...

ISS: Nigeria’s super camps leave civilians exposed to terrorists

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Boko Haram has moved in to control spaces vacated by the military in north-east Nigeria. Last year, the Nigerian military started pulling soldiers out of...

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Joint Standing Committee on Defence shows short memory span

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) publicly acknowledged the “exceptional leadership” of outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke last...
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