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Nigerian girl RUSI Newsbrief: Boko Haram and Nigeria's Female Bombers 29 Sep 2015
A reconfiguration of Boko Haram's ideology underpins the group's use of female suicide bombers to achieve its broader goals Terrorism Africa
Omar Al-Bashir 2 RUSI Newsbrief: A Tale of Three Leaders: The Struggle over Justice in Africa 29 Sep 2015
The International Criminal Court's increasingly frail clout calls into question the future of international justice in Africa International Institutions Africa Sudan
UK peacekeepers thumbnail RUSI Defence Systems: Cameron’s Peacekeeping Commitment 28 Sep 2015 by Adrian Johnson
The prime minister has pledged up to 370 British personnel to United Nations operations. Does this herald a return of the UK to peacekeeping? (free access) Land Forces United Nations Africa Sudan
201509 An Illusion of Complicity thumb News: New RUSI Report: Sophisticated criminal networks at the heart of illegal ivory trade in East Africa 22 Sep 2015
A new report by RUSI suggests that links made between the illegal ivory trade and terrorism in East Africa are vastly exaggerated. This has diverted attention from the real threat of organised crime and widespread corruption to wildlife in the region. Organised Crime Terrorism Africa
Wildlife crime RUSI Newsbrief: Countering Poaching and Wildlife Crime: Engaging from the Ground Up 7 Jul 2015 by Cathy Haenlein, Tom Maguire
The bias towards militarised anti-poaching narratives needs to be rebalanced in favour of greater engagement with local communities in source areas (Free access) Africa
UNMISS RUSI Newsbrief: The UK Contribution to UN Peacekeeping: The Case of South Sudan 1 May 2015
While small in personnel terms, the UK’s contribution to the UN Mission in South Sudan adds significant value – and reciprocal benefits. A new UK government should consider expanding this form of engagement with UN operations International Institutions United Nations UK Africa Sudan
Abubakar Shekau Analysis: Can Chad Tip the Balance against Boko Haram? 12 Mar 2015 by Cathy Haenlein
As Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Daesh, recent military successes spearheaded by Chadian forces bode well for the new multilateral response to the group. But, without a longer-term domestic political and military strategy, hopes for an enduring solution to the insurgency should not be raised. Counter-insurgency Africa
Sierra Leone and AMISOM RUSI Journal: Sierra Leone’s Post-Conflict Peacekeepers: Sudan, Somalia and Ebola 2 Mar 2015 by Cathy Haenlein
With Western troop commitments to UN peacekeeping having shrunk since the 1990s, it is vital to understand what motivates poorer states to participate in peacekeeping operations International Institutions African Union United Nations Global Security Issues Africa
Buhari RUSI Newsbrief: Terrorism, Security and Politics: Nigeria’s 2015 Elections 27 Feb 2015
The management of Nigeria’s elections will prove pivotal in the context of growing political division and an unrelenting terrorist threat in the country’s northeast. Terrorism Africa
lake chad basin flag 2 Analysis: Is Big Brother in Trouble? Regionalisation of the Boko Haram Crisis Challenges Nigeria’s Leadership Position 26 Jan 2015
Nigeria’s inability to tackle Boko Haram has prompted neighbouring countries to look for external assistance and challenge Nigeria’s claim to leadership in West Africa. International Institutions United Nations Africa
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