North African Militancy – by Michael Godfrey

On April 12, 2013, Posted by , In Africa,Middle East, By ,,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on North African Militancy – by Michael Godfrey

North Africa will be an area of primary concern for U.S. national security over the next twelve months. Since late 2010, this region has experienced sweeping protest movements, collectively referred to as the Arab Spring, that have caused widespread instability and severe shocks to the dynamics of the region. These shocks include the deposing of dictatorial regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Most important to U.S. national security are stability issues caused by the ouster of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi in August 2011. The legacy of this revolution has been chaos in Libya, massive weapon proliferation, and a power vacuum in the region that has allowed al-Qaeda and its affiliates to have greater freedom of movement in Libya and neighboring areas such as Mali. Although U.S. security interests in North Africa also include Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan, policy makers should make issues in Libya and Mali their primary focus.

Hijacking a Rebellion: New Trends in al-Qaeda Tactics

On October 13, 2012, Posted by , In Africa,Middle East,North America, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Hijacking a Rebellion: New Trends in al-Qaeda Tactics

Events in the Middle East and North Africa in recent months indicate a major shift in strategy by al-Qaeda and its affiliates. While many officials mistake this shift as a sign of al-Qaeda’s looming defeat, it actually displays a rapidly growing danger to U.S. national security. Al-Qaeda’s new ability to…

Important Developments in North Africa

On April 7, 2012, Posted by , In Africa, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Important Developments in North Africa

In recent weeks, Mali, a democratic West African nation, experienced two events that threaten the stability of the country:  a military coup and a rebellion that took over a significant portion of the country. Although this may not seem like such an abnormal event, given the seeming regularity of coups…