Regional Overview – Africa 4 June 2019

Major developments for the week of May 26th include assassinations of government figures carried out by al Shabaab in Somalia, a large IS-Boko Haram attack against an IDP convoy in Nigeria, several Allied Democratic Forces attacks against military positions in North Kivu, continued Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) and/or Islamic State attacks against civilian areas in Burkina Faso, and ongoing election protests in Algeria.…

Yemen’s Fractured South: Socotra and Mahrah

In Yemen, nearly five years of conflict have contributed to an extreme fragmentation of central power and authority and have often eroded local political orders. Local structures of authority have emerged, along with a plethora of para-state agents and militias at the behest of local elites and international patrons.…