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Robust military and political methods -- not social media activism -- will be needed to defeat the global menace of Islamist terror....(full article)

Nigerians love their soccer, especially if it served with a foreign flavor. In a poll conducted in 2012 by a local polling agency, NOI polls, all the respondents—both male and fe...(full article)

The West cannot afford for any more of Nigeria to be run by jihadists. For example, when Islamists took over major amounts of territory in Mali in late 2012, the French did not hes...(full article)

How history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats....(full article)

The United Nations Security Council finally put the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram on its terrorism list. As a result, its leaders’ foreign assets will be frozen, they will n...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

In the Land of Nigeria's Kidnapped Girls - Chika Oduah, The Atlantic

On Monday morning, May 12, I sat in the backseat of a Toyota Corolla, headed to Chibok. With a satin abaya draping my body in a sheath of black, and my hair curled underneath a b...

6 Reasons the U.S. Should Rescue Those Girls - Jay Hallen, Forbes

While the sentiment is sincere, there is something perverse about an American First Lady – perhaps the second most powerful person in the world – resorting to social me...

The Deadly Mission of Boko Haram - Janine di Giovanni, Newsweek

Boko Haram’s trademark killing method used to be gunmen on motorbikes who killed police or anyone else who stood up against the group. But the capture of the schoolgirls on A...

Africa's Best Response to Boko Haram - Christian Science Monitor

Five weeks after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls in Nigeria, the response has been mainly a military one. Yet history shows such radical groups thrive in the poorest place...

Does U.S. Have a Responsibility to Act in Nigeria? - Jonah Goldberg, NRO

Here’s a question. If — and this is a big if — the United States could dispatch a swarm of heretofore secret super-drones to find and kill every member of the Nigerian terror...

Now Trending: The War on Terror - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

The American post-9/11 response to murderous jihadism has often been characterized, not least by our own president, as both excessive and morally suspect. There is a palpable weari...

Bring Back the Girls -- Quietly - Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

There is nothing wrong with taking action—when possible—that is contained, discrete, swift, targeted, humanitarian and, not least, can be carried through successfully. ...

The Kidnapping of a Country - Lauren Bohn & Chika Oduah, New York Times

Nigerian citizens exist in this surreal state of great contrasts, in a nation mired in corruption, under attack by an Islamist insurgency and at the same time brimming with potenti...

Britain Made Nigeria, Boko Haram United It - Barnaby Phillips, LES

In a year of centenaries, one has gone unnoticed in the UK. In 1914, the British created Nigeria — when the country’s two very different territories of north and south ...

Why Boko Haram Might Be Unstoppable - David Francis, Fiscal Times

The Nigerian government blinked today in its standoff with Boko Haram, agreeing to talks with the group in an effort to get back 276 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in northern Nige...

Boko Haram Is No 'Global Terror' Threat - Mike Smith, The Guardian

The Islamists' aims remain mainly local. Saving the abducted girls won't change the conditions in which they flourish....

How The West Underestimated Boko Haram - Christian Putsch, Die Welt

What remains unclear is whether the organization really cooperates with other terrorists in Africa or if they're only saying they do for propaganda purposes. Boko Haram published v...

What Could Get U.S. Military in Nigeria - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

The offer comes as military advisers from the United States, France and other countries arrive to assist the Nigeria military in its inept search for the 276 school girls kidnappe...

Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Thriving - Rana Foroohar, Time

Nigeria—with its booming growth, and its nearly 300 missing girls—has been all over the news lately. I’ve been here for the last 7 days, first reporting on the Africa meeti...

Boko Haram and the Liberal Elites - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Some on the right are mocking the Twitter offensive being conducted by the administration and the liberal and Hollywood elite against the Boko Haram terrorists who abducted 300 N...

Slavery in Africa Is the Real Crisis - Emma Christopher, The Conversation

The mass kidnapping of schoolgirls by terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria is neither a new nor rare occurrence, though this does not make it any less shocking. Boko Haram has bee...

Hillary Clinton's Boko Haram Problem - Newt Gingrich, CNN

Clinton's tweet contrasts vividly with her failure to stand up to terrorism in 2011 by calling Boko Haram what it was....

Take the Fight to Boko Haram on All Fronts - The Observer

As the search for the kidnapped schoolgirls continues, both the west and Nigeria itself will finally be forced to tackle the complacency which allowed terrorism to flourish....

The Real Africa - David Brooks, New York Times

Too many of our images of Africa are derived from nature documentaries, fund-raising appeals and mission trips. In reality, Africa faces in acute forms the same problems that affli...

Can #BringBackOurGirls Stop Boko Haram? - Bloomberg View

If all the international assistance helps to bring about a happy ending for the missing schoolgirls, so much the better. But Boko Haram's mayhem predates their abduction, and their...

Why Nigeria Has Been Useless to Stop Boko Haram - Leela Jacinto, FP

When terrorist threats or insurgencies drag on for years, with death tolls running into the thousands and with millions displaced -- as has happened in Nigeria and Pakistan -- ther...

When Will the West Wake Up? - Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wall Street Journal

Far from being an aberration among Islamist terror groups, as some observers suggest, Boko Haram in its goals and methods is in fact all too representative....

How Boko Haram Imperils Nigeria's Future - Melinda Gates, CNN

Boko Haram has sought to justify its actions as consistent with Islamic teachings, and this is an insult. Many influential voices in the Muslim world have rebuked the group's actio...

A Clueless Government in Nigeria - The Economist

The incompetence of Nigeria’s president and government is hurting the country’s reputation at home and abroad....

Helping Nigeria in the Long Term - Max Boot, Commentary

Whatever the fate of those poor kidnapped girls–and everything practicable should be done to liberate them–many more innocents will die in Nigeria unless the government can r...

What to Do About Boko Haram - Tom Rogan, National Review

Everyone wants to do something about Boko Haram. That’s fine. Nevertheless, as I argued on Wednesday, Twitter hashtags won’t recover these girls. Even apart from that, what h...

What Polio and Missing Girls Have in Common - M. Wente, Globe & Mail

In Nigeria, more than 270 schoolgirls are kidnapped and enslaved by an obscure militant group called Boko Haram. A few days later, the World Health Organization warns that polio is...

Bring Home the Kidnapped Schoolgirls - New York Post

Once again, Islamist terrorists have zeroed in on what they regard as a mortal threat: girls going to school. Now these men are threatening to sell the 300 Nigerian girls they hav...

Boko Haram's Lies Must Be Challenged - The National

In a video released on Monday, the leader of the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram spoke about his group’s kidnapping of 223 girls from a school in northern Nigeria. In a r...

Boko Haram Can't Be Bargained With - Richard Dowden, Daily Telegraph

Unlike other gangs in Nigeria, the group that seized 240 schoolgirls can’t be bought off....

Nigeria's Parents Are Gaining Global Support - Chicago Tribune

It wasn't the first time or the last. It was only the most brazen....

Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping? - Adam Taylor, Washington Post

Domestically, the #BringBackOurChildren campaign isn't aimed at the perpetrators of the attack: Boko Haram seem unlikely to be swayed by tweets (remember, their name literally mean...

We Must Wipe Out Boko Haram - Matt Gurney, National Post

No military operation ever goes perfectly smoothly, but something like this is still well within even the West’s diminished means. Bluntly, if we can’t pull off an oper...

Why Women Are the Spoils of War -- and Nobody Cares - Lauren Wolfe, FP

Right now, the world is scrambling, finally, to help the Nigerian girls. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on May 3 that the United States "will do everything possible to sup...

Why the War on Boko Haram Matters - Peter Bergen & Bailey Cahall, CNN

There is no doubt that Boko Haram is a growing threat to Nigerians, but to what extent is it also a threat to Western interests? So far not much, although that could change. In the...

West Will Turn Nigeria into Afghanistan - Lindsey German, The Guardian

There is rightly anger that so little has been done by the Nigerian government to find the girls, and that those who have demonstrated in huge numbers against President Goodluck ...

U.S. Sending Team to Nigeria - Zeke Miller, Time

The United States is preparing to deploy a team of military, law enforcement and hostage negotiators to Nigeria, officials said Tuesday, to help with the ongoing effort to recove...

Boko Haram: Backward but Brutal - Daily Telegraph

Boko Haram, the name of the Islamist group that has terrorised Nigeria, roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden”. The title nicely sums up its philosophy: aggress...

Nigeria's Islamist Thugs & Missing School Girls - Financial Times

There's got to be a better way for Nigeria to deal with these thugs....

The Stolen Daughters of Nigeria - The Guardian

Nigeria likes to present itself as the face of Africa rising. But its response to the kidnapping has belonged firmly in the other African narrative: hopeless Africa....

The Terrorists That Kidnapped 200 Schoolgirls - Mathieu Guidere, Convo

As terrorist attacks go, it was as shocking for its scale and its choice of target: on April 14, at least 200 people were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in th...

Africa's Real War on Women - Clifford May, Washington Times

Last week, more than a hundred Nigerian students, girls between 15 and 18 years of age, were kidnapped by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists of Boko Haram. Most of the girls are st...

Nigeria: Africa's New Number One - The Economist

HEY PRESTO: as if by magic, Nigeria has declared itself the biggest economy in Africa. Overnight, with the wave of a statistical wand, it has added 89% to its GDP, now worth $510 b...

Food Prices Are Going to Topple More Governments - Josh Keating, Slate

The Arab Spring may become the textbook example of the geopolitics of food prices -- the food riots and subsequent revolutions transfixed the world. But shifts in food price may be...

How to Unlock Africa's Economic Potential - Jim O'Neill, Bloomberg

This weekend Nigeria rebased its figures for gross domestic product, adding in previously uncounted industries such as telecoms and information technology. On this new basis, th...

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