• ACD Insight

    Hebatalla Taha: The ISIS Effect

    10 December 2014.  The group’s control of a vast swathe of territory, oil income and media savvy have made it a ‘brand’ that other jihadists from Egypt to Indonesia want to emulate and be associated with.

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    Burkina Faso: a warning for Africa’s strongmen

    13 November 2014.  Will a popular uprising in a relatively stable nation force other African leaders to rethink plans to extend their time in power?

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    Mexico disappearances expose corruption undermining anti-drugs fight

    05 November 2014.  The disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala proves that, having restructured federal security agencies in its war against drug cartels, Mexico must now reform local agencies and police

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    The Thai way of counter-insurgency

    03 November 2014.  For Bangkok - and the rest of the world - Thai history contains important lessons in combating current insurgencies

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    The narrow road to stability in Mali’s north

    29 October 2014.  As talks continue to falter with Tuareg rebels behind the 2012 coup in the north, Malians describe to the IISS how poverty, corruption and now Ebola are other obstacles on the road to peace

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    Kobane’s reprieve?

    23 October 2014.  For the first 20 days, coalition air-strikes in Syria failed to halt the advance by ISIS jihadists on the town of Kobane. But the operation did buy time for diplomacy and a shift in strategy to loosen the militants' grip

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    A reality check on the Boko Haram truce

    21 October 2014.  Continuing attacks, a lack of specific detail and silence from leader Abubakar Shekau mean that reports of a Boko Haram ceasefire may be premature

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    A rogue Libyan general’s odd campaign

    16 October 2014.  Who is Khalifa Haftar, the former army general who has vowed to rid Libya of Islamists – and have his military operations against them helped or merely plunged the country into further chaos?

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    Houthis seize power in Yemen

    06 October 2014.  Houthi rebels from northern Yemen have muscled their way into a power-sharing agreement in Sanaa, after physically overrunning the capital. It is another victory for force in one of the world's poorest and most strife-torn countries

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    2014: A year of living dangerously

    29 September 2014.  The UNHCR and other organisations say refugee numbers leapt in 2013. In the past three years, annual conflict-related fatalities have also doubled, according to ACD figures