Bronwyn Bruton

  • University Attack Marks Al-Shabaab’s ‘Pivot’ to ISIS

    Atlantic Council’s Bruton says Somali terror group embracing more deadly tactics

    Al-Shabaab’s deadly April 2 assault against a Kenyan university—the country’s bloodiest attack in 17 years—is a sign that the Somali terrorist group is trying to pivot toward the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), said Atlantic Council analyst Bronywn Bruton.

    “A schoolyard massacre like this really is the signature of Boko Haram,” Bruton, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, told the New Atlanticist. “Al-Shabaab engaging in this is essentially al-Shabaab saying to IS, ‘Hey, don’t forget us.’”

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  • Bruton on the al-Shabaab attack on Garissa University in Kenya

    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton joins CCTV America to discuss the al-Shabaab attack on Garissa University in Kenya:

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  • Bruton on the End of Money Transfers to Somalia

    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton joins MPR News to discuss US banks halting money transfers from the United States to Somalia and what it means for the Somali economy:

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  • Bruton: "al-Shabaab Has Been Politically Marginalized"

    International Business Times quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on how al-Shabaab has been weakened and politically marginalized:

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  • J. Peter Pham and Bronwyn Bruton Write on US Strategy in Africa

    Atlantic Council Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham and Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton contributed essays to a French Ministry of Defense study on US strategy in Africa.

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  • Bruton on Attacks by Boko Haram Militants

    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton joins The Diane Rehm Show to discuss Boko Haram's campaign of escalating violence:

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  • Massacre in Nigeria: Boko Haram Once Again Bigger, More Brutal

    A Violent Militia Moves Toward Its Goal: an 'Islamic Caliphate' in Africa's Sahel Region


    As world attention fixes on the terrorist attacks in Paris, Africa’s most prominent Islamist militant group has massacred as many as 2,000 people in northeastern Nigeria. This new violence by Boko Haram—a movement described as “Africa’s ISIS”—is the latest in its campaign to undermine governments’ authority and create what it calls an Islamic caliphate across a wide swath of the Sahel, one of Africa’s poorest and least-governed regions.

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  • Libya: A Failed State Threatens the Region

    Bottom Line Up Front:
    •  Nearly three years after the collapse of Muammar Qadhafi’s regime, Libya has become a failed state, reaching levels of instability never before experienced in North Africa and the Sahel

    •  More than 1,700 competing clans, regional and Islamist militias are vying over control of what remains of the state; some radical groups are gaining ground amidst horrific and anarchic violence that has spilled over into neighboring states (Egypt, Tunisia, Niger, Algeria, and Mali); and regional powers are exploiting the disorder to pursue their own interests in the country

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  • Boko Haram Steps Up Offensive as Nigeria Halts US Military Training Program

    Boko Haram, the African militant group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) over the summer, appears to have borrowed a page from the jihadists' playbook as it unleashes a deadly wave of attacks across northern Nigeria in its quest to carve out an Islamic state rooted in Shariah law.

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  • Boko Haram Q & A

    Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group that has a foothold in northern Nigeria, has begun to consolidate control over large swathes of territory threatening the stability of Nigeria and its neighbors.

    The militants have resorted to using female suicide bombers as they ramp up their fight against the Nigerian government ahead of elections in February.

    Bronwyn E. Bruton, deputy director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center, attributes Boko Haram's rise to the Nigerian government's failure to deliver good governance and the atrocities committed by Nigerian security forces.

    The US should be looking for ways to engage Boko Haram, Bruton tells New Atlanticist's Ashish Kumar Sen.

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