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    Al-Qaeda: 'Spreading Like Wildfire'

    Last week, a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee held a hearing provocatively titled “Is Al-Qaeda Winning?” The answers that the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade received were profoundly unsettling. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman (I–Conn.) testified that Syria had become a key focal point of al-Qaeda’s efforts. He noted that there … More

    Kenya Attack: Al-Shabaab Seeks Retribution in Nairobi

    A high-end Mall in the Westlands suburb of Nairobi was attacked by armed gunmen on Saturday afternoon. Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked group based in Somalia, is claiming responsibility for the attack at the Westgate Shopping Centre, a popular expatriate hangout. More than 30 people are reported to have been killed … More

    Al-Qaeda Hub: East Africa

    Four U.S. embassies in sub-Saharan Africa—in Burundi, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Rwanda—remain closed this week in addition to the embassy closures in the Middle East and North Africa. Concerns over terrorist plots in east Africa are not new to the region: 15 years ago today—August 7, 1998—the U.S. embassies in Kenya … More

    Rwanda's Entrepreneurial Uprising

    Remember Hotel Rwanda?  That movie depicts the true story of a man fighting impossible odds to save everyone he could during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. Hotel Rwanda was a symbol of desperate hope for survival. Almost two decades later, by contrast, Rwanda has many symbols of hope for a … More