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  • Director Derek Harvey on PBS Newshour

    Can air power alone stop ISIS? On Wednesday, October 8, GICSC Director, Derek Harvey spoke to PBS’s Judy Woodruff and analyzed the effectiveness of airstrikes against ISIS.  ” I don’t think we need to fight everyplace,” argues Harvey, “but it’s clear that the air campaign is, in my judgment as a professor at the University of […]

  • Founding Director David Jacobson on PBS Newshour

    What are the strategic objectives of violence against women by ISIS? On Tuesday October 7, David Jacobson, Founding Director of the University of South Florida’s Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict discusses the exploitation of women by the Islamic State. “The targeting of women has got a strategic objective in terms of frightening populations,” […]

  • 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.    

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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