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Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Keeping Islamic State out of Ghana

Ghana is ‘surrounded’ by other West African countries where the Islamic State group has a presence: Nigeria, Niger, and Chad. Following the news of the recruitment of Ghanaian youths by

Middle East/North Africa Security

Several industries hit by conflict in the Sinai Peninsula

The expanding conflict in the Egyptian Sinai will likely lead to an increasingly fragile economic environment in tourism, shipping, and energy sectors. The battle that took place on July 1st

Middle East/North Africa Security

Islamic State in Libya targets foreign assets and personnel

Islamic State (IS) is expanding its focus to Libya, with an emphasis on targeting foreigners and foreign assets. As a consequence of the attack led by Sunni extremist fighters against the

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Al-Qaeda groups cooperate with Islamic State?

The terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris from January 7th to January 9th have shocked Europe and the world. These attacks bore a specificity that underscores a new tendency in

North America Politics

Will Obama’s State of the Union proposals survive Congress?

Last night, President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union Address to a special joint session of Congress covering swathes of domestic and foreign policy issues. The important question,

International Politics

5 trends to expect in political risk in 2015

From Russian recession and falling oil prices to emerging market reform and divided responses to Islamic State, five areas will define political risk in 2015. One year ago today, the

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Expect increase in US activity in Middle East

There will be a surge in the United States’ Middle East foreign policy between now and the presidential election in 2016. Expect a greater military role in Syria, improved ties

Middle East/North Africa Security

Islamic State takes advantage of cash economies in Iraq and Syria

Backed by hundreds of millions of dollars in locally generated funding, the Islamic State has reaped the benefits of cash-driven economies in Iraq and Syria. The US-led military campaign must

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Niger is key to West Africa’s future security

As the United States and France continue to battle militants in West Africa, the impoverished nation of Niger will play a crucial role in establishing security in the region. Niger

Middle East/North Africa Security

New terror threat from the Khorasan Group?

While international attention has focused on the atrocities of the Islamic State (IS) and the response of the US-led alliance against IS, the Pentagon recently introduced a new group called “Khorasan.” Here is a