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AFRICA: Great Lakes Region – Actors and Interactions

7th January 2016 Africa, Diagrams

1601 – Africa Great Lakes Region Actors and Interactions

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Al Shabaab: Origins, current situation, and a look into the future

9th November 2015 Africa, Analysis

Please find below the link to our publication on Al Shabaab.   Al Shabaab Origins Current Situtuation and a Look into the Future

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Tanzania: Suspense as nation braces for its first-ever tight race

23rd October 2015 Analysis

Tanzanians go to the polls on Sunday, to elect local councillors,  members of Parliament , and the  fifth  President. For the first time  since  the…

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Europe’s refugee crisis

16th October 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

In a time of instability and conflict s across the Middle East and North Africa, there has been an outpour of refugees  coming into Europe….

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Burundi: le facteur FDLR et le rôle de l’ethnicité dans la crise actuelle

14th October 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Le mouvement contestataire semble avoir disparu des rues  de la capitale Bujumbura, alors que le climat  sécuritaire ne  cesse de se détériorer, deux mois après…

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Russian intervention in Syria

12th October 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Starting on the September 30 th 2015, Russia  began  air strikes over Syria initiating a direct  intervention in the four  year long crisis.  There have…

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Rwanda: from ashes to the centre of geopolitics

9th October 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

The 1994 genocide left Rwanda in ruins,  in terms of  both  human and economic losses. Yet the tiny central – east  African  state has  quickly …

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RDC: à quatorze mois des présidentielles, l’incertitude persiste

5th October 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

La république démocratique du Congo (RDC) est censée organiser les présidentielles en  novembre 2016. Et  pourtant, a vec la cré ation des nouvelles provinces, dont…

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South Sudan: what will it take for the latest peace deal to end the war?

24th September 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

A number of peace agreements have been signed  and  breached  since  the  civil  war  broke  out  in  December 2013. And it remains to be seen…

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Tunisia: Counting the cost of the Sousse attacks

22nd September 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Tunisia  has  been  idolized  in  recent  years  as  the  nation  that  sparked  a  regional  uprising  calling  for  self – determination,  social  equality  and  human  dignity …

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Présidentielles en République du Congo: Enjeux politiques et économiques

10th September 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

La  République du  Congo,  communément  appelée le Congo – Brazzaville,  est  restée stable  après  la  guerre  civile de 1997 – 1999 , et a en…

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Crise au Burundi: Risque d’un autre conflit régional

3rd September 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Depuis le début de la crise ac tuelle, le Burundi ne cesse  de s’enfoncer davantage dans la violence.  Des  actions tels  que des assassinats ciblés…

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The Boko Haram saga continues

1st September 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Seven years after the extra judicial killing of Mohammed Yusuf in  2009 and the start of the Boko Haram Insurgency, violence has  not ceased to…

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The scramble for the Sahel

1st September 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the collapse of Gadaffi’s regime in Libya , the balance of power in the region  has been…

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Ugandan presidential election: high stakes for regional security

24th August 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Uganda  (at  least  for  most  parts  of  it)  has  seen  relative  peace and stability since the overthrow of Idi Amin in 1986.  Yet, three decades…

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The Greek Bailout Deal: A lifeline for Survival or another Tragedy?

16th August 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

On 13th July 2015, Eurozone leaders unanimously decided to agree on a proposed bailout deal for Greece after a grueling process of negotiations. However the…

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Mozambique – An Emerging Destination for Foreign Investment

14th August 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Mozambique is emerging as an ideal destination for foreign investment. Hopes of rebuilding the economy after the 1977-1992 civil war and the deadly 2000 flood…

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China’s Rising Presence in Central Africa: Opportunities and Threats

11th August 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

The last two decades have seen an increase in China’s presence in Central Africa. As China’s economic growth keeps rising so does its demand for…

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Turkey Involvement in Syria and Iraq

5th August 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Decoding Turkey’s Involvement in Syria and Iraq READ MORE 1508_Turkey Involvement in Syria and Iraq use the link to download a full PDF of the…

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Mugabe and Zimbabwe: For Better or Worse?

30th July 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Once dubbed the bread basket of the southern African region, Zimbabwe has been spiralling into economic chaos following political instability and an aggressive policy of…

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Tanzania Elections: The Ruling Party CCM Announces its Presidential Nominee

14th July 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Officially known as the United Republic of Tanzania, the low-income East African nation is a merger of the mainland (formerly known as Tanganyika) and the…

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Ramadan exploited: from the Mujahedin to the Islamic State

1st July 2015 Analysis

This paper identifies how Ramadan has been instrumentalized to fit the strategic objectives of Jihadist groups. Traditional Afghan mujahedeen, Al Qaeda and current Islamic State…

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Burundi Crisis: Actors and Possible Outcomes

1st July 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

During the past ten years Burundi has been attempting to recover from the darkest episode of its contemporary history: the 1993-2005 ethnic conflict, which resulted…

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Saudi Leaks

30th June 2015 Analysis

What have we learnt so far from the Saudi Leaks? Despite his confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have released…

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All Eyes on Egypt’s 30th June Anniversary

23rd June 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Two years after the largest protest recorded in human history, Egypt will be the centre of attention once again as the 30th June approaches. The…

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Key Vocabulary of Terrorism

22nd June 2015 Analysis, Diagrams, Other Solutions

OTHER Solutions Consulting has compiled a list of key terms used both to describe ideological and regional issues. The purpose of this basic definitions list…

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Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

15th June 2015 Analysis, Mapping

Mapping features of armed groups The original goal of AQIM was to install an Islamic government across the Maghreb region. Their birthplace is Algeria and…

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Analyzing Turkey’s Election Results

14th June 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

A Shock for the AKP amidst Kurdish Celebrations: Analyzing Turkey’s Election Results After parliamentary elections on Sunday (June 7th 2015) shockwaves passed through Erdogan’s executive…

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Burundi: An Unresolved Crisis

8th June 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Burundi is a country that has gone through extreme turbulent socio-political conditions throughout its contemporary history. However, it has escaped the attention of the mainstream…

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Trouble in the East Mediterranean

2nd June 2015 Analysis

Full of Friends, Full of Enemies: Trouble in the East Mediterranean Problems in the East Mediterranean have come back to the front of the international…

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Chronogram: ‘The Birth of the Islamic State’ 2015

1st June 2015 Analysis, Diagrams

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Mapping features of armed groups: Islamic State (IS)

23rd May 2015 Analysis, Mapping

In its earlier iterations as Al-Qeada in Iraq (AQI), the group focused on more concrete goals like driving foreign forces from Iraq. However since its…

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Mapping the Conflict: North-western and Central Syria in 2015

23rd May 2015 Analysis, Mapping

Overwiew NW & Central Syria Mapping the conflict use link for full diagram

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Mapping features of armed groups Hezbollah

15th May 2015 Analysis, Mapping

According to Hezbollah’s 1985 manifesto, its original goals were: to (1) destroy Israel, (2) to expel Western influences from Lebanon and the wider Middle East,…

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Cooperation and Tensions In East Mediterranean: Energy Exploration

14th May 2015 Analysis, Diagrams

1505_Energy Coop and tensions use link to view PDF of diagram  

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Chronogram: ‘The Birth of the Islamic State’ 2013

12th May 2015 Analysis, Diagrams

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Chronogram: ‘The Birth of the Islamic State’ 2006 – 2014

12th May 2015 Analysis, Diagrams

The Birth of the Islamic State 2006 – 2014 follow link for diagram

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What have we learned from Moscow’s military parade?

12th May 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Russia marked the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany by staging its biggest ever military parade on May 9th, 2015. With over 20…

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Chronogram: ‘The Birth of the Islamic State’ 2014

12th May 2015 Analysis

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MENA – Regional Document: Tunisia

23rd April 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Tunisia, long considered the ‘Switzerland’ of the Middle East represents perhaps the last beacon of hope for the Arab Spring. Apart from starting the struggle…

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MENA – Regional Docment: Libya

20th April 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

Libya has become a major point of concern arguably rooted in the miscalculated NATO intervention in 2011. The fall of Muammar Gaddafi, previously known as…

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The Rise of Boko Haram Chronogram – Part 1: 2009 – 2014

17th April 2015 Analysis, Diagrams

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Mapping features of armed groups: Ansar Bait al-Maqdis a.k.a Sinai Province

16th April 2015 Analysis, Mapping

Ansar Bait al-Maqdis was created in 2011 in the aftermath of the 25th January Egyptian Revolution. In the beginning, the group was focused on Israel;…

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Mapping features of armed groups: Ansar al-Sharia (Libya)

16th April 2015 Analysis, Mapping

Ansar al-Sharia (ASL) means “Partisans of Islamic law” in Arabic and it emerged as an extremist group following the February 2011 anti-Gaddafi uprising. The militants’…

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Mapping features of armed groups: Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia)

16th April 2015 Analysis, Mapping

Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST) promotes the idea of global jihad as well as a Salafi interpretation of Islam. Their main target audience are young…

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Mapping features of armed groups: Houthi Rebels

15th April 2015 Analysis, Mapping

This Shiite militia is fighting for more autonomy, economic resources and for the right to practice their religious beliefs. 1504_Houthi Rebels_Summary use link for full…

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MENA – Regional Document: Egypt

14th April 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

In light of Egypt’s positive foreign policy initiatives highlighted in signing a historic agreement with Sudan and Ethiopia over Nile disputes, in addition to hosting…

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MENA – Regional Document: Yemen

14th April 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

The on-going crisis in Yemen has become a pinnacle point of discussion globally. However there have been conflicting interpretations and analyses particularly after the beginning…

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Mapping features of armed groups: Boko Haram

16th March 2015 Analysis, Mapping

Created in 2001, the group originally aimed to implement Sharia law, prohibitting any influence of Western education and culture, and setting up a welfare association…

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Boko Haram Swears Allegiance to the Islamic State

12th March 2015 Analysis

Saturday 7th March 2015. Soon after Maiduguri the capital of Borno state Nigeria was rocked by bomb blasts of an attack by three female jihadists…

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