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ISS: Time to re-assess terrorism prevention in Africa?

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This year’s Global Terrorism Index reveals that 60% of deaths attributed to violent extremist groups in 2022 occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Intercommunal violence and...

Economic pressures drive extremism – report

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A lack of job opportunities is the leading factor driving people to join fast-growing violent extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new...

Côte d’Ivoire combating extremism by supporting youth

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Inside his shop in northern Côte d’Ivoire, 25-year-old tailor Bassina Konate demonstrates his expertise with the tools of his trade — a sewing machine,...

Togo looks like West Africa’s new frontier of violent extremism

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The threat of violent extremism across West Africa has been on the rise in recent times. Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa...

ISS: What makes women resist violent extremism in Mali and Niger?

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Investing in girls’ education from an early age is essential for building their resilience and financial independence. Research has shown why women join violent extremist groups in...

Uprooting extremism

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The Sahel’s harsh terrain is fertile ground for recruiting youths. Groups and governments must offer alternatives. Life in much of the Sahel is hard. The...

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...

Countering the message

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For years, the blueprint for countering extremist propaganda was straightforward: Insist to followers that their beliefs are wrong and that they are suffering as...

Centre rallies East Africa against extremists

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East Africa stretches from the mountains of Eritrea south through the Great Rift Valley, which burrows from Djibouti across Ethiopia and into Kenya. Somalia...

ISS: Can Benin protect itself from terrorism in the region?

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Since February 2018, there have been about 60 terror attacks in the eastern region of Burkina Faso. Although no group has claimed responsibility, the...

ISS: Can violent extremism be prevented?

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Can the global community prevent violent extremism? Is the violence associated with terrorism different from other forms of violence, and in what...

Preventing and countering violent extremism

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Scores of projects aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in West and Central Africa are doing important work in tough...

Invest in poor rural areas to curb exclusion, quash extremism

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Remote areas in poor nations need far more investment to undercut recruitment by militant armed groups, in a shift from development policies...

ISS: Algeria and Morocco’s migrant policies could prevent violent extremism

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Algeria and Morocco have for the past decade been important transit and stopover countries for migrants moving to Europe. Many also stop...

New laws and tactics needed to catch extremists online

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In July 2017, as Iraqi forces were pushing ISIS out of the city of Mosul, authorities found a 16-year-old girl hiding in...

ISS: Migration and violent extremism: a chain of false links?

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Two themes have been central to global security debates over the past few years: migration and violent extremism. These two phenomena are...

Combating an imported extremism

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The risk of Islamist extremism frequently focuses on Somalia and al-Shabaab. Yet adherents to extremist versions of Islam can now be found...

Countering terrorism by telling a better story

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As a military officer who has spent the better part of his career in communications and information management and served in operations...

U.N. rights boss says Egypt crackdown ‘facilitates radicalisation’

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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said on Monday that heavy-handed security measures by Egypt were fostering the very...

“Toxic brew” of unemployment, mistrust in leaders may fuel violent extremism...

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A lack of jobs and disillusion with political leaders may form a "toxic brew" driving more young Africans to migrate or join...

Fighting terrorism in Burkina Faso

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Terrorism and violent extremism surged in West Africa after the Malian crisis in 2012. Among Sahelian countries such as Chad, Mali, Mauritania...

ISS: Known unknowns and the fight against violent extremism

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The question ‘can violent extremism be prevented?' was a ‘fairly challenging proposition,' Australia's Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism Miles Armitage conceded at a seminar...

Egypt names new interior minister to combat religious extremism

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Egypt replaced its interior minister on Thursday with a retired general who has experience combating religious extremism as the country fights radical...