West Africa

Catch-22 in the Sahel

America's fight against terror in West Africa—and its shortcomings.

Designate Boko Haram as Terrorists

The State Department should formally list the Nigerian al Qaeda confreres as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

A Welcome American Absence from Africa

Washington must approach African states as partners, not as mere victims to be aided.

Absent from Africa

Obama pursues a passive policy as Al Qaeda makes gains in West Africa.

Boko Haram Bounces Back

As parts of Nigeria fall to extremists, the threat of regional trouble grows.

The Radicalization of African Islam

The Wahhabis that took over northern Mali and are ascendant elsewhere represent a brand of religion that is foreign to the continent.

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April 16, 2014