The current approach to counter-insurgency relies on a clear-hold-build axiom that has proved repeatedly unsuccessful: a different understanding of the questions underpinning the doctrine can help rectify some of its fallacies
Gayatri Sahgal, Timothy Kimaiyo, Abdulrahman Hamo Mohamed, Stephen Rotich, David Karienye and Ahmed Osman Warfa
The Conference on Clan Conflict and Violent Extremism in the North-Eastern Counties of Kenya, held by RUSI in January 2019, shared research on the connections between clan conflicts and violent extremism and produced recommendations for policy and programming.
Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou was recently in Paris to discuss the fight against violent extremism in the Sahel with his French counterpart. The country faces a problematic security environment and must urgently address social, economic and governance challenges.
The EU reached a deal with Mali earlier this month for the return of asylum seekers from Europe and to tackle the local ‘root causes of immigration’. However, the deal will only work if internal security in Mali is supported. And there, the story is less than encouraging.
Since the beginning of armed conflict in Syria and Iraq, thousands of militants from the Caucasus region have participated in the war. However, dislodging Daesh and a collapse of the insurgency in the North Caucasus have substantially diminished the capacities of North Caucasian jihadi groups. Nevertheless, militancy in the region has potential.