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Nigerien soldiers killed

Twelve soldiers in south-eastern Niger were killed and eight wounded in an overnight attack by gunmen likely belonging to Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram,...

ISS: Niger in the hot seat at the UN Security Council

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Niger will serve on the United Nations (UN) Security Council from January 2020 for a two-year term as a non-permanent member, alongside two other...

ISS: Vigilance committees’ dilemma in the fight against Boko Haram

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Boko Haram is attacking Cameroon’s Far North Region almost daily – especially the country’s vigilance committees and defence and security forces. On 7 October...

ISS: How is Africa dealing with young extremists?

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What do African societies do when they suspect their children of being terrorists – or when their young extremists give up their guns and...

ISS: Preventing violent extremism isn’t a job for civil society alone

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Civil society organisations working to prevent violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin are numerous, and receive continued financial support from donors. In addition...

Targeting militants, Nigeria to require ID cards in the northeast

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Nigeria will require anyone moving through three northeastern states to carry identification cards in an effort to root out members of Boko Haram and...

ISS: A risky return for ex-combatants into communities

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Enabling violent extremists to defect from their terror groups to rejoin society is a vital strategy in preventing violent extremism in Africa. But amnesty...

ISS: Humanitarian aid in Nigeria’s north-east – helping or hurting?

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Ten years of Boko Haram’s violence has turned Nigeria’s north-east into a conflict hotspot for aid organisations. These groups help alleviate the symptoms of...

ISS: Economics of terrorism in Lake Chad Basin

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In the Lake Chad Basin region, which includes Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, economic viability and control is as important to extremist groups’ resilience...

Boko Haram ambush leaves five dead

Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram ambushed Nigerian soldiers in the north-east of the country, killing at least five and injuring more than a dozen,...

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Check before you speak, Minister!

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needs to verify her facts before she speaks, or risk further embarrassment to the South...