Bronwyn Bruton

  • 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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  • Bruton on Upcoming Africa Summit

    Voice of America quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the upcoming US/Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington:

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  • Nigeria's Missing Daughters: What a Hashtag Might Do


    On the night of April 14, 2014, armed men of Nigeria's puritanical Boko Haram movement drove cargo trucks across the arid scrubland of northeast Nigeria, rumbling up an unlit, dirt road in the town of Chibok. They stopped at the Government Girls' Secondary School. Shouting in the dark, they ordered the more than 200 boarding school students, ages fifteen to eighteen, out of their dormitory rooms. The men loaded the girls, at gunpoint, onto the trucks and drove them into the desolate lands of the Nigeria-Cameroon border zone.


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  • Bronwyn Bruton on Boko Haram

    On April 14, 2014, more than 200 female students were kidnapped from a school in Nigeria. In May, news of that kidnapping went viral. In a series of videos, Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton discusses why the social media response to the event has been so huge, its short- and long-term implications, as well as the Western media response to the story. 
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  • A Discussion with the Angola Open Policy Initiative

    The Southern African nation of Angola has made commendable economic progress since emerging from a twenty-seven-year long civil war in 2002. Rich in natural resources, it has become Africa’s second largest oil producer and has enjoyed a decade of strong GDP growth while gaining in global importance—in 2009, the United States identified Angola as one of three African “strategic partners.”
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