20 Apr 2021

Chad’s President Idriss Déby dies after ‘clashes with rebels’

Over the weekend, Chad’s President Idriss Déby dies after sustaining injuries during clashes with rebels in the north of the country. The announcement comes just a day after provisional election results projected his win, which would mark his sixth term in office. The government and parliament have been dissolved as

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03 Apr 2019

ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success

Now that Islamic State has been defeated in Syria, analysts are warning about the rise of Jihadist groups in West Africa. One of the most successful organizations in the region is an off-shoot of ISIS known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). ISWAP is mainly active in the

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24 Jan 2019

As more Africans reach for the web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch

Even as connectivity increases, governments across Africa, and especially its autocratic leaders, have increasingly used control over the internet as a tool of repression, often with the claim to be combatting fake news or violent protests. These internet shutdowns, however, have costs that reach beyond politics. In 2018, 21 full

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22 Oct 2018

The role of women in West Africa’s violent extremist groups

A recent publication from the Institute for Security Studies has examined the role that women have played in West Africa’s violent extremist groups. Ranging from their abduction and use as a tool to entice men to join extremist ranks to willing participators in activities from operations and suicide attacks, their

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26 May 2010

UN to withdraw force from Chad, CAR this year

“The UN Security Council voted Tuesday to withdraw a UN force from Chad and the neighboring Central African Republic (CAR) despite concern about the protection of civilians in the region. The 15-member body ordered the withdrawal, which was requested by Chad, to be completed by the end of the year.

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