A Flawed Estimate of Salafi-Jihadis by Alex Thurston

This month, the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Transnational Threats Project released a study entitled “The Evolution of the Salafi-Jihadist Threat.” The study received an uncritical write-up in the New York Times, and the study’s high estimate of the number of “Salafi-jihadis” worldwide – 230,000 – began to make the rounds. As someone on […]

Rt. Hon. Guillaume Soro: Ivory Coast next President?

He is an insurgency leader transformed into a pan-Africanist democrat with wide reach across Francophone Africa. Previously very close to the incumbent President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, the President of the National Assembly, Comrade Guillaume Soro is an entrenched political force well respected across the country. The question now is whether he will run […]

NEMA: Between Dogara and fake news

The era of fake news is here again. I recalled I jumped out of my seat when the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness stated that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) abandoned about 6,779metric tons of rice donated by the Chinese government for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons in the North […]

OPINION: Why Abuja stands still for Olawepo-Hashim ahead of 2019

It was an unprecedented gathering. What was planned to be a meeting with groups from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, turned into a carnival as hundreds of youth groups, women and other Nigerians converged on the venue to declare support to Mr. Gbenga Olawepo Hashim. Undoubtedly, they were not happy with the present political order […]