Regional Overview: Africa
8-14 November 2020

Last week in Africa, the worsening conflict in Ethiopia spilled into neighboring Eritrea; a longstanding ceasefire was breached in the disputed Western Sahara; and French forces killed a senior Al Qaeda-affiliated militant in Mali. The conflict between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopian federal forces continued to worsen in Ethiopia, spilling into neighboring…

Regional Overview: Africa
1-7 November 2020

Last week in Africa, fighting between Ethiopian federal forces and Tigrayan forces prompted fears of a civil war in Ethiopia; Al Shabaab launched a series of assassination attempts targeting government figures in Somalia; and opposition parties launched an alternate administration in response to the re-election of President Alassane Ouattara in the Ivory Coast. In Ethiopia,…

Regional Overview: Africa
25-31 October 2020

Last week in Africa, anti-French demonstrations were reported in several countries; electoral violence proliferated in the Ivory Coast and the Zanzibar autonomous region of Tanzania; and Allied Democratic Forces militants launched deadly attacks on civilian populations in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anti-French demonstrations were held in the Muslim majority countries…

Regional Overview: Africa
18-24 October 2020

Last week in Africa, fatalities proliferated during anti-police brutality demonstrations in Nigeria; electoral violence worsened in Guinea and the Ivory Coast; and militants staged a massive prison break in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Nigeria, continued interventions by unidentified armed groups, counter-demonstrators and state forces against #EndSARS demonstrators led to a proliferation of fatal…

Regional Overview: Africa
11-17 October 2020

Last week in Africa, demonstrations against police brutality continued to gain traction in Nigeria; ongoing election-related demonstrations and violence were reported in Guinea and the Ivory Coast; and an Al Shabaab ambush resulted in Somalia’s deadliest clash of the year. In Nigeria, #EndSARS demonstrations against police brutality have continued to grow across the country. Several…

In Light of the Kafolo Attack: The Jihadi Militant Threat in the Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast Borderlands

On 11 June 2020, militants believed to be members of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) attacked a mixed Ivorian military and gendarmerie post in the border village of Kafolo — the first jihadi militant attack to strike Ivory Coast since the 2016 shootings at the Grand-Bassam resort. While the Kafolo incident marks…

Regional Overview: Africa
7-13 June 2020

In Africa last week, suspected Katiba Macina militants carried out the first jihadi attack in Ivory Coast since 2016; residents of Tripoli continued to face the threat of landmines in Libya; and Boko Haram launched multiple large-scale attacks on civilian populations in northeast Nigeria. In Libya, multiple landmine explosions were reported in the capital Tripoli.…

Regional Overview: Africa
12-18 April 2020

Last week in Africa, the Government of National Accord (GNA) made strategic gains against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Libya, despite the ongoing bombardment of Tripoli. Meanwhile, dozens of Boko Haram militants died under uncertain circumstances while in prison in Chad. State forces once again employed lethal force during the enforcement of coronavirus measures…