Regional Overview – Africa 16 October 2018

Key developments in Africa during the week of October 7th include persistent militant threats in Egypt and in the Lake Chad area; coupled with election-related violence in Cameroon, Mozambique and Nigeria. In Egypt, although there are signs that the government’s ‘Operation Sinai 2018’ launched in February has slowly weakened the Islamic State’s grip on territory…

Regional Overview – Africa 9 October 2018

The developments reported during the first week of October 2018 show a continuation of overall levels of political violence across Africa between August and September. Among the countries that witnessed a significant escalation of the violence in September were Burkina Faso, Cameroon and South Sudan. Burkina Faso is increasingly destabilised by operations against Islamist militants…

Picking a Fight: The Rise of Armed Separatists in Cameroon

With elections looming in October, we consider the trajectory of the current conflict in Anglophone Cameroon and demonstrate how the government’s heavy-handed response to protesters facilitated the rise of armed secessionist movements against the Cameroonian government. What began as a peaceful protest by English-speaking lawyers and teachers in Cameroon in 2016 has escalated into a…

Can Boko Haram Effectively Function Despite Current Limitations?

The military’s systematic hallowing of Boko Haram has caused a diminished foothold within Nigeria and may have accelerated lingering internal disputes. From 2016-Present, the Nigeria-Cameroon joint operations of Lafiya Dole and Last Hold have placed Boko Haram into a defensive posture, losing almost all Nigerian-controlled territory and limiting activities to remaining camps surrounding Lake Chad…

Regional Overview – Africa 30 June 2018

The most notable trend in Africa on the week of July 22nd was the rise in violence involving Islamist militants across a number of countries. In Somalia, Al Shabaab carried out multiple operations across southern regions. The group claimed responsibility for several IED and grenade explosions targeting government officials and troops in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Belet…