Topic: Alex Thurston
The incoming governor of a northern Nigerian state offered an amnesty deal to Boko Haram, a local Islamist rebel group responsible for many attacks and assassinations.
05/16/2011 03:29 pm
The Turkana of northwest Kenya and Daasanach of southern Ethiopia have been at odds for years, but food scarcity, drought, and changing lifestyles are exacerbating tensions.
05/10/2011 03:22 pm
Financial support and political engagement from Spain and France could enhance counterterrorism efforts in Mali, Niger, and Mauritania as those nations take on Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
05/05/2011 12:02 pm
At a gathering of regional military planners on Friday, analysts discussed how security conditions have deteriorated since the beginning of the Libyan conflict, and how Al Qaeda's affiliate has used the conflict to accumulate arms.
05/03/2011 07:34 am
For many Nigerians, their state governors matter more to their daily life than the president or parliamentarians.
04/26/2011 02:29 pm
The Muslim rebel movement Boko Haram has bombed polling stations and electoral offices, contributing to the chaos and instability following the elections.
04/25/2011 02:26 pm
The next two weeks will include a slew of elections on the African continent. Guest blogger Alex Thurston takes a look at the issues at play in some of the polls.
04/22/2011 04:19 pm
Rebel movements in South Sudan that have clashed with the South Sudanese army pose a greater threat to the fledgling state than even aggression from northern Sudan.
04/22/2011 01:57 pm
Despite similarities, the protests in these three African countries don't symbolize a broader movement for change in Africa.
04/19/2011 10:18 am
As Nigeria's election results trickle in, they hint at some emerging trends, such as regionalization of parties and the growth of progressive politics.
04/13/2011 03:33 pm