The Sahel, the Rift, and the Horn, A Comparative Study of African Jihadists


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 12:15pm


Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center Library, Room L369, 79 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Speaker: Stig Jarle Hansen, Research Fellow, International Security Program

It is now over 16 years since the September 11th attack and the initiation of the so-called "war on terror," yet in Africa, none of the allies of Al Qaeda or the Islamic State have been defeated. This seminar bases itself on a comparative study of sub-Saharan jihadist organizations. The main argument is that the resilience of the organizations partly emerges because of lack of understanding of the relationship between the organizations and the territories in which they operate. Countering Violent Extremism and counter strategies have to be adjusted to the type of control these organizations wield in their area of operations.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

ORGANIZER(S): Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs