Rise of Jihadism in Africa

It’s not just Boko Haram or Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) who are wreaking havoc in West and North Africa: jihadism seems to be on the rise across the region and even across the continent. Even without counting the many who are traveling north from Sub-Saharan Africa to join various groups in Libya, attacks in capital cities such as in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Kenya are on the rise. When did this start developing, where are the most at-risk spots, and what is being done about it?

Surprisingly one of the poorest countries on earth, Niger, has so far managed to avoid any major attack. Is it due to the policies of the president (who is currently up for re-election)? He’d like to believe so. Are any of the factors keeping Niger safe (so far) transferable?

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