Category: Geopolitical Analysis

A Congolese soldier from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) stands in front of trucks who are stuck because of mud on the road as he searches with other soldiers for Mai-Mai Yakutumba rebels in Namoya, Maniema Province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 29, 2018 | REUTERS

After a decade of relative calm, widespread inter-ethnic violence erupted in Djugu Territory of Ituri Province in December 2017. This latest round of ethnic clashes comes after an eight-year conflict between the two groups came to a halt, and has the potential to further spill into the rest of the province as the conflict becomes more protracted.

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (March 2018)

On May 6, the Islamic State (IS)-linked media group, al-Amaq, claimed that a shooting attack which took place in Nizhny Novgorod, western Russia, was committed by a ‘soldier’ of the Sunni-jihadist group. According to a statement from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) on May 4, an assailant opened fire on police officers during an identity check and barricaded himself inside an apartment in the city. The statement indicated that the perpetrator was later neutralized by security forces.