Education and violent extremism in Nigeria

  • Author: Gustavo Plácido dos Santos
  • Published: 30 October 2013
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In this article co-published with openDemocracy, Gustavo Plácido dos Santos asks whether in a context of poor school attendance among Muslims in northern Nigeria is the almajiri system favoured by Boko Haram compatible with a peacebuilding project for the country? Read more

The weekly briefing, 21 October 2013

  • Source: Open Briefing
  • Filed: 21 October 2013

Political and security risk updates from the Open Briefing intelligence desks. Includes Al-Shabaab’s video threat against British Muslim leaders and the string of bombings that threatens Burma’s reformist efforts. Read more

Risk updates, 19 August 2013: Ecuador, Lebanon, Egypt…

  • Source: AKE
  • Filed: 20 August 2013

Risk updates and forecasts. Includes the risk of protests in Ecuador against the controversial decision to begin granting licences for oil drilling in a pristine area of Amazon rainforest national park and the deaths of 24 Egyptian policemen in an ambush by militants in the North Sinai governorate. Read more

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s messaging focus for 2013

  • Source: IntelCenter
  • Filed: 7 August 2013

Analysis of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s messaging focus for 2013 indicates the United States, Yemen and France, in that order, are their greatest focus. Mali is fourth and Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom are tied fifth. Read more

Risk updates, 5 August 2013: Honduras, Nigeria, Zimbabwe…

  • Source: AKE
  • Filed: 6 August 2013

Risk updates and forecasts. Includes the closure of US embassies across the Middle East, South Asia and parts of Africa following intelligence indicating a forthcoming al-Qaeda attack and the contested victory of President Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe’s elections. Read more

Zaynab’s guardians: The emergence of Shi`a militias in Syria

  • Source: Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
  • Filed: 26 July 2013

The emergence of Twelver Shia foreign militias operating with Syrian government forces, together with the recent public admission by Lebanese Hezbollah that it is also operating alongside them, is the latest in the increasing sectarianisation of Syria’s civil war. Read more

Recent highlights in terrorist activity, June 2013

  • Source: Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
  • Filed: 1 July 2013

Review of terrorist activity across the Middle East and Africa in June 2013. Includes the Boko Haram raid on Bama in Nigeria, which resulted in the death of 38 police officers, prison officials and soldiers, and the al-Shabab suicide attack on a convoy carrying a Qatari delegation in Mogadishu. Read more

Risk updates, 22 May 2013: Afghanistan, Burma, North Korea

  • Source: AKE
  • Filed: 23 May 2013

Risk updates and forecasts. Includes the rising tensions between Taiwan and the Philippines following the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coast guard in contested waters and the increasing pace and scale of fighting in Afghanistan. Read more