Bronwyn Bruton

  • 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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  • Bruton on Shabaab Militants in Kenya

    New York Times quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on al-Shabaab's intent to provoke Kenyan security forces:

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  • Somalia's Slumping Fortunes

    Bottom Line Up Front:

    • After almost eight years on the ground, African Union troops have nearly beaten the Qaeda-linked militia al-Shabab—at least militarily

    • Since 2011, Shabab has steadily lost territory, and on October 5 was pushed out of its last coastal stronghold, the port city of Barawe

    • The loss of Barawe, and the successful airstrike on al-Shabab’s leader, Ahmed Godane, on September 1, has dampened the radicals’ morale and precipitated a rash of defections

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  • Counterinsurgency in Somalia: Lessons Learned from the African Union Mission in Somalia, 2007-2013

    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton co-authored a Joint Special Operations University monograph with Dr. Paul Williams, associate professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The authors bring their expertise in governance, conflict mitigation, and Africa, to this analysis of Somalia's attempts to establish security and build state institutions while facing the Harakat al-Shabaab insurgency. By every measure of state effectiveness—income generation and distribution, execution of the rule of law, and ability to provide basic human security—Somalia has little or no capability.

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  • Bruton on US Counterterrorism Strike in Somalia

    The Washington Post quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the US counterterrorism operation in Somalia targeting the leader of the militant organization al-Shabaab:

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  • Bruton on US Airstrike in Somalia

    The New York Times quotes Atlantic Council Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the US counterterrorism operation in Somalia that was revealed to have targeted the leader of the militant organization al-Shabaab: 

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  • Challenges and Opportunities in Africa: A Discussion with African Military Officers

    The Atlantic Council's Africa Center hosted a seminar for senior military officers from nine African countries, organized in partnership with the National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA). Titled "Challenges and Opportunities: Africa," the seminar featured presentations by Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham and Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton, followed by a discussion moderated by Lawrence Velte, NESA professor, with participation from Africa Center Senior Fellows Rudolph Atallah and Ricardo René Larémont.


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