Somalia: Al Shabaab Ignored And Abandoned

March 15, 2015: Defectors and captured al Shabaab members report that that group’s leaders are dismayed that other Islamic terror groups like ISIL (al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant) in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria are crowding al Shabaab out of the media. Al Shabaab needs that media attention for fund raising and…

‘Fight Them Until There Is No Fitnah’: The Islamic State’s War With al-Qaeda

  Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 4   February 20, 2015 11:13 AM Age: 2 days   By: Wladimir van Wilgenburg   Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.   Recent events have raised fresh questions over the relationship between the Islamic State militant group and…

Prospects for Iran’s New Direction

Authored by Keir Giles.   Added February 20, 2015 Type: Letort Papers 61 Pages Download Format: PDF Cost: Free Send this page to a colleague. Alert me when similar studies are published Brief Synopsis View the Executive Summary This monograph, completed ahead of the November 2014 deadline, examines some of the underlying factors which will…

China: Embracing Africa, But Not Africans

The next step for Beijing in its Africa relations is better people-to-people relations. By Paul R. Burgman Jr. January 29, 2015 From January 10-17, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a five-nation African tour to promote friendly relations between Africa and China, and to continue a Chinese government tradition of making the African continent…