Bronwyn Bruton

  • Bruton on Possible Fate of Abducted Nigerian Girls

    CBS New York quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist organization Boko Haram:

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  • Nigerian Government Must Earn the Trust of Local Communities to Find Missing Girls

    On April 14, the Nigerian terror group known as Boko Haram (which translates loosely into the phrase, “Western education is sinful”) broke into a secular, all girls’ secondary school in the small northern Nigerian town of Chibok. Dressed in Nigerian military uniforms, the militants tricked some 270 students into clambering into the backs of trucks, and then raced off into the night, shooting as they went.

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  • Bruton: Boko Haram Statement Prompted "Strong Backlash"

    ABC News quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on the statement made by Boko Haram's leader that he plans to sell more than 200 abducted schoolgirls in the marketplace:

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  • Bruton on US Aid in Nigeria's Efforts to Rescue Abducted Schoolgirls

    The Christian Science Monitor quotes Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton on what the United States is doing to help the Nigerian government rescue more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the terrorist organization Boko Haram:

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  • Bruton on Kerry's Ethiopia Visit

    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton writes for Politico on Secretary Kerry's trip to Africa and why visiting Ethiopia in particular sends a negative message: 

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  • Bruton on Boko Haram Student Abduction

    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton joins The Takeaway to discuss the abduction of more than one hundred Nigerian female students by Boko Haram: 

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  • Africa Center Hosts Leslie Lefkow of Human Rights Watch

    The Atlantic Council's Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with Leslie Lefkow, deputy director of the Africa division at the Human Rights Watch. Lefkow presented the findings of the recently released HRW report, They Want a Confession: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Ethiopia's Maekelawi Police Station.
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  • IntelBrief: South African Peacekeeping - Punching Below Its Weight

    Bottom Line Up Front
    • South Africa, one Africa’s more successful democracies and its largest economy, has mostly resisted Western pressure to intervene in other nations’ conflicts
    • President Zuma has shown some enthusiasm for foreign engagement, but has been stymied by the poor condition of South Africa’s undersized and under-resourced military, with limited capability to project force in peacekeeping operations
    • Declining domestic confidence in government has further complicated matters, as have strategic missteps, such as the Central African Republic mission that resulted in the deaths of South African soldiers. 
     

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  • IntelBrief: Somalia - The Problem with Proxies

    In the latest in the series of "IntelBriefs" on African security issues being produced by the Atlantic Council's Africa Center in partnership with the Soufan Group, an international strategic consultancy, Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton argues that the US support of proxy forces in the conflict in Somalia has failed to achieve a number of counterterrorism objectives in the region.
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  • Cut-Rate Counterterrorism

    As the attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall and the failed Oct. 4 raid by Navy SEALs in Somalia have reminded the world, the fight against terrorism in East Africa is far from over. It's a fight that has been ongoing for two decades, but since 2001, the United States has outsourced much of the effort to a series of local proxies -- forces from Ethiopia, the African Union (AU), and, most recently, Kenya. This has allowed Washington to execute its war against the terrorist group al-Shabaab without getting sucked into a quagmire: There have not been American soldiers on the ground, except for the occasional special-operations mission like the one on Oct. 4. Johnnie Carson, former assistant secretary of state for Africa, has referred to Somalia as one of his greatest successes, and the AU has taken to describingits engagement in the country as an "African solution to an African problem."
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