Boko Haram and al-Shabaab: Comparable threats to African security

View image | gettyimages.com Written by Conway Waddington (1) Tuesday, 03 February 2015 16:47 Boko Haram and al-Shabaab are militant Islamist sects that are predominantly operational in Nigeria and Somalia, and are both engaged in protracted insurgencies and terror campaigns. Their origins, strategic goals, methodologies and recent track records are comparable to varying degrees. These…

How private military services saved Sierra Leone: The contracting out of military duties came from necessity but help ensure long-lasting security

Written by Marika Josephides (1) Monday, 01 December 2014 18:15 Dismissing private military contractors as mercenaries can be simplistic and misleading, as their deployment in Sierra Leone’s Civil War displayed. That the country is rebounding despite 2014’s Ebola crisis is due in part to the success of contracted firms neutralising destabilising rebel groups. For impoverished…

Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease)

CDC A-Z Index Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease) Language: English Español (Spanish) 2014 West Africa OutbreakOutbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria About Ebola Understanding how Ebola Spreads Ebola Signs and Symptoms 1 2 3 4 5 Signs and Symptoms Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus……

Boko Haram and US interests in Nigeria

    The US, the UK, France and some NATO countries are strengthening their grip in Africa as they watch the ongoing violence. It would not be misleading to say that in twenty years time, these forces will hold great influence over Africa’s defence.   Ibrahim Tigli / Cape Town There seems to be no…

CTC Sentinel | Volume 7, Issue 5 (May 2014)

Download PDF Published by Combating Terrorism Center Cover Story Overview Boko Haram and the Kidnapping of the Chibok Schoolgirls By Jacob Zenn On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 250 schoolgirls from Chibok in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State. This article analyzes Boko Haram’s area of operations along the Borno-Cameroon border with a…

China’s role in Africa’s conflicts: Military cooperation, arms transfers and involvement in peacekeeping operations

 Written by Diego Cordano (1) Friday, 11 April 2014 11:06   The growing presence and influence of China in international politics seems to be particularly evident in Africa. The relationship between China and Africa is predominantly economic, but China’s role in Africa is continuously increasing in the political and security domains. Increased involvement provides new…