Overview

Political violence refers to hostile or aggressive acts motivated by a desire to affect change in the government or society makeup and function. Acts of political violence can arise from ideology or social grievances.

Resource Library

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Policing Terrorists in the Community
Sahar Aziz
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Twelve years after the September 11th attacks, countering domestic terrorism remains a top priority for federal law enforcement agencies. Using a variety of reactive and preventive tactics, law…
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Rethinking Counterterrorism in the Age of ISIS: Lessons From Sinai
Sahar Aziz
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Failing states are havens for terrorism. A toxic combination of social, economic, and political crises attract violent extremist groups to establish bases in these lawless areas. As the groups grow…
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Losing the War of Ideas: A Critique of Countering Violent Extremism Programs
Sahar Aziz
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American national security is a priority that crosses partisan lines. Americans of all races, ethnicities, and religions are equally concerned with ensuring our country is safe from violence –…
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The Wave of Jihadist Insurgency in West Africa: Global Ideology, Local Context, Individual Motivations
Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim
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The recent rise of jihadist movements in West Africa, including Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliates in the Sahel-Saharan region, has puzzled many…
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Nigeria’s Pernicious Drivers of Ethno-Religious Conflict
Chris Kwaja
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Nigeria’s statutory framework grants local officials the authority to extend or deny basic rights to citizens in their jurisdictions, thereby creating incentives for the politicization of ethnicity…
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Southern Libya Destabilized: The Case of Ubari
Rebecca Murray
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From late 2014 to early 2016—in the security and governance vacuum that has characterized Libya since its 2011 revolution— a conflict raged between the indigenous Tuareg and Tubu tribes of the south-…

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Political Violence Experts

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Ann Wainscott
Scholar of Morocco, Iraq, and Religion and Politics
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Safdar Hussain
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Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers
Local knowledge and conflict transformation
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Abdoulaye Sounaye
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Hans De Marie Heungoup
I am a Political Scientist, with a concentration in Political Sociology and Security Studies. Over the last seven years I extensively published on Cameroon, Central Africa, Boko Haram and the Lake Chad Basin.