Has Kenya’s participation in AMISOM bolstered them as a regional power?

Has Kenya’s participation in AMISOM bolstered them as a regional power?

On 12 June, the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) partners gathered in Nairobi to evaluate the current military stabilization projects in the wake of the nine year al Shabaab insurgency (New Vision Uganda, 12 June 2018). Over the course

Burkina Faso Something is Stirring in the East

Burkina Faso Something is Stirring in the East

Since late 2016, Burkina Faso has been confronted with a growing insurgency and has suffered several high-profile attacks in the capital of Ouagadougou (ACLED, 3 March 2018). However, in recent months a new front has emerged in Burkina Faso’s far

Different Experiences of the 2018 Ramadan Ceasefires in Afghanistan and Jammu & Kashmir

Different Experiences of the 2018 Ramadan Ceasefires in Afghanistan and Jammu & Kashmir

The Muslim populations of South Asia observed the holy month of Ramadan this year with bids for peace in two of its most volatile areas: Afghanistan and Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). In both places, governments sought a temporary cessation of

Is Ahrar al Sham Still Fighting the Regime?

Is Ahrar al Sham Still Fighting the Regime?

Ahrar al Sham (AAS) has been a major player in the Syrian conflict since the group was formed in December 2011. Bringing together a number of Syrian Islamist groups to fight under a single structure, AAS’ primary stated objective was

IS After ‘Defeat’: Guerilla Tactics in the Desert

IS After ‘Defeat’: Guerilla Tactics in the Desert

A particularly pressing question for policy-makers is the form and intensity of violence to expect from IS now that it lost its control of Raqqa, Deir-ez-Zor and Al-Bukamal. Since the defeat in Al-Bukamal (November 2017), IS has split into various

US Involvement in Yemen

US Involvement in Yemen

The United States military began conducting operations against Al-Qaeda in Yemen shortly after US lawmakers passed Joint Resolution 23, which authorized the use of military force against “those nations, organizations, or persons” involved in the September 11 attacks against the

Regional Overview – Middle East
11 June 2018

Regional Overview – Middle East <br/> 11 June 2018

Nationwide anti-austerity demonstrations ended in Jordan last week following the withdrawal of a controversial tax bill. In Palestine, on the other hand, riots continued in both Gaza and the West Bank, as did Israeli airstrikes against Hamas. Throughout Turkey, violent

Increasing Political Violence in the Central African Republic

Increasing Political Violence in the Central African Republic

In the first half of 2018, political violence in the Central African Republic has both increased and spread to new regions. See the maps of Aug-Dec 2017 and Jan-May 2018 to observe the spread of violence across new regions. In

Demonstrations in Jordan Gaining Momentum

Demonstrations in Jordan Gaining Momentum

Over the last week, protests and riots occurred across Jordan in response to the proposed income tax bill, which would raise the income tax by at least 5% — dramatically affecting both lower- and middle-class Jordanians. The impact of the

Collaboration between YPG and Regime Forces

Collaboration between YPG and Regime Forces

In early 2018, the YPG publicly requested the support of the Syrian regime to obstruct the Turkish expansion in northern Syria (Reuters, 2018). The call for support fuelled a longer-standing suspicion among analysts about the level of cooperation and collaboration