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U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region

Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground.

A group of migrant men, mainly from Niger and Nigeria, sit in the back of a pickup truck during a journey across northern Niger toward the Libyan border post of Qatrun on Jan. 15.

2020 Could be Niger’s Year of Reckoning

The country is home to one of the largest deployments of U.S. military personnel in Africa and is a linchpin of regional stability—but the coming year could throw all that into turmoil.

A boy living in a derelict building damaged during the Angolan civil war is seen through a hole in Kuito, in Angola’s Bie province, on June 2.

Africa’s ‘Civil Wars’ Are Regional Nightmares

Long considered domestic issues, the continent’s battles are really international contests for influence and power.

Former Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga (2L) is received in Mopti on his visit to Mali's central region on October 14, 2018. (Photo by Michele Cattani/ AFP/Getty Images)

Dumping One Government Won’t Fix Mali

March’s deadly massacre exposed the lack of progress since the country’s peace accords—and the many political and security reforms that are needed.

In Istanbul's Sariyer district, people wave flags as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a campaign rally on March 29.
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Our Best Weekend Reads

What’s at stake in Turkey’s local elections, and how the United States drives out Chinese talent.

A member of the Malian Army at the military base in Anderamboukane, Menaka region, on March 22. (Agnes Coudurier/AFP/Getty Images)

Radical Islamists Have Opened a New Front in Mali

Local grievances are behind the recent violence in the country. Jihadis are hoping to exploit them to build a caliphate.

Soldiers carry the coffin of one of the victims during the funeral ceremony of the seven members of the security forces killed after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Burkina Faso, on Aug. 31, 2018 in Ouagadougou. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Terrorism Threatens a Former Oasis of Stability in West Africa

Burkina Faso managed to avoid the violence that plagued its neighbors, but a combination of poverty, unstable neighbors, and weak security forces has opened the door for extremists.

A United Nations  peacekeeper speaks to a child while on patrol through the streets Gao, Mali on August 3, 2018.

Peace Is the Best Investment

U.N. member states must renew their commitment to the vital peacekeeping operations that end wars, protect civilians, and save lives.

A demonstrator catches fire, after the gas tank of a police motorbike exploded, during clashes in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018

From North Korea to Venezuela, here are the conflicts to watch in 2018.

U.S. Navy SEALs train  on the flight deck of USS Enterprise. (Lance H. Mayhew Jr./US Navy/Getty Images)

What’s Going on With the Alleged Murder of a Special Forces Soldier by Two SEALS?

Is it that secret units that live on the edge always have such trouble on occasion?

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The Deported

Europe is expelling thousands of Africans. To one Malian deportee, that looks like a recipe for revolution.

BAMAKO, Mali - Portrait of Abdoulaye Traoré from the rooftop of his university in Bamako, the capital of Mali. After work at the cashew processing plant stalled Abdoulaye left his hometown to begin studying law, but his family has remained in Kolondieba. 

The cashew processing plant where Abdoulaye Traoré and roughly 200 other Malian laborers made a living by stripping the fleshy husks off of crescent-shaped nuts had been sitting idle since early February when the plant ran out of raw materials. The plant is one of Mali’s flagship development projects, and the blueprint for future multi-million-euro job-creation initiatives aimed at curbing migration to Europe. (Photo by Nichole Sobecki)

The Paradox of Prosperity

Europe is spending billions of dollars to jump-start Africa’s poorest economies. But that may just accelerate the exodus.

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Mali’s Migrant Crackdown

Europe has been helping fight the country’s jihadis for years. Now it’s turning its sights on human smugglers.

Dutch peacekeeper during a patrol in Gao

To Save Peacekeeping From Trump’s Budget Ax, Will the U.N. Embrace Fighting Terrorism?

The U.N. mission in Mali is Turtle Bay’s most controversial. But will its counterterrorism remit be just what saves it from the chopping block?

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers wear the sky-blue United Nations (UN) patch signifying membership in a Chinese peacekeeping unit destined for Darfur in the Sudan along with the Chinese flag on their uniforms, at their base in China's central Henan province 15 September 2007. A 315-member engineering unit is shipping out next month in China's latest attempt to play down accusations it is worsening Darfur's agony by supporting the Khartoum regime. The unit will build bridges and roads, dig wells and perform other tasks as they showed they mean business at the military training facility.  AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

China Eyes Ending Western Grip on Top U.N. Jobs With Greater Control Over Blue Helmets

As China steps up its commitment to U.N. peacekeeping, Beijing is said to be eyeing a leadership role — with potentially troubling human rights implications.

Alleged Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist leader Ahmad Faqi Al Mahdi (L) looks on in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on September 30, 2015, in The Hague. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi was transferred to the ICC on September 26 following an arrest warrant issued by the Court on September 18 facing charges of ordering the destruction of monuments in Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu. AFP PHOTO / ANP POOL / ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEM 

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ICC to War Criminals: Destroying Shrines Is Worse Than Rape

The international tribunal is about to convict a Malian jihadi for destruction of cultural heritage. It’s staying silent about his alleged responsibility for horrific sexual violence.

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The Exchange: Are Journalists Checking their Privilege When Covering Refugees?

Tobias Zielony and Anna Badkhen on the displaced, the Global South, and what Africans misunderstand about their peers who’ve made it to Germany.

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Making a War Zone Camera-Ready

2015 Global Thinkers Matthew Heineman and Johanna Schwartz discuss the challenges of making a film—and earning a subject’s trust—amidst guns, violence, and suspicion.

Burkina Faso troops stand guard outside Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou on January 18, 2016 following a jihadist attack by Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen late on January 15. 
Security forces are hunting for any possible surviving gunmen from the attack claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that left at least 30 people dead and showed the expanding reach of regional jihadists in west Africa. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO        (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Drone War Goes Awry in Africa

Al Qaeda's attack on Burkina Faso proves that "decapitating" a terror group doesn't always change it for the better.

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