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  • Derek Harvey on NPR News

    On Wednesday, September 24th, GICSC’s Director Derek Harvey discussed U.S. airstrikes against ISIS and possibilities for rebuilding the Iraqi army with NPR’s Lelia Fadel.  “To rebuild the Iraqi army, to find good leaders and to build up their competency levels, it’s going to take a long time,” says Harvey. Listen here for the complete story.    

  • Derek Harvey on PBS News Hour

    How do airstrikes against ISIS complicate the war in Syria? On September 24, GICSC Director Derek Harvey speaks with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff. He offers insightful analysis of how the airstrikes will complicate an already complicated war in Syria.

  • Derek Harvey on CBS 60 Minutes

    On Sunday September 21st, 2014, GI co-Director Derek Harvey appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes with Scott Pelley. In the interview Mr. Harvey analyzes ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS strategic maneuvers.

Boko Haram’s Islamic Caliphate is becoming a reality in Northeastern Nigeria

Boko Haram’s Islamic Caliphate is becoming a reality in Northeastern Nigeria

Boko Haram leaders have long articulated the goal of establishing, or rather reviving an Islamic State – a Caliphate – in Northern Nigeria. This is not a novel concept and is something that should be viewed in the historical and religious context of Nigeria’s north. In 1804 Islamic scholar Usman Dan Fodio galvanized a large […]

Nigeria Research Published in West Africa Insight

Nigeria Research Published in West Africa Insight

GICSC researchers Zacharias Pieri and Rafael Serrano recently published Insurgency Prolonged: Nigeria’s Lack of Strategic Adaptation and the Rising Boko Haram Death Toll in the Summer 2014 edition of  West Africa Insight. This article looks at the round of Boko Haram violence that emerged in the first quarter of 2014, and explains some of the causes. As with […]


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