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Herders against Farmers: Nigeria’s Expanding Deadly Conflict

Propelled by desertification, insecurity and the loss of grazing land to expanding settlements, the southward migration of Nigeria’s herders is causing violent competition over land with local farmers. To prevent the crisis from escalating, the government should strengthen security for herders and farmers, implement conflict resolution mechanisms and establish grazing reserves.

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20 Sep 2017
[Al-Qaeda  in the Arabian Peninsula] and a small group of warlords that span the various fighting factions are the only clear winners [in the war in Yemen]. AFP

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula
20 Sep 2017
If the [Iraqi] Kurds want to press for a separation of sorts, the boundary question becomes critically important. If Baghdad and Erbil continue to take unilateral steps things can only escalate. Reuters

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa
19 Sep 2017
From an outside perspective, [the ruling Palestinian Fatah has] almost no control in Gaza today, so [an announcement by Hamas to dissolve its Gaza administrative committee is] better than nothing. The New York Times

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
19 Sep 2017
Now the problem is that those [political] factions [across Libya] have fragmented internally. It's even more difficult to solicit representative views. Reuters

Claudia Gazzini

Senior Analyst, Libya
19 Sep 2017
[U.S. President Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly] makes it sound unlikely that the US administration will certify Iran's compliance with the JCPOA [...], setting the world up for a new crisis. The National

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
14 Sep 2017
[The Nigerian government] needs to reverse the bad governance, economic desperation and social hopelessness that push so many youths to radical ideologues. Bloomberg

Nnamdi Obasi

Senior Adviser, Nigeria

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Herders against Farmers: Nigeria’s Expanding Deadly Conflict

Propelled by desertification, insecurity and the loss of grazing land to expanding settlements, the southward migration of Nigeria’s herders is causing violent competition over land with local farmers. To prevent the crisis from escalating, the government should strengthen security for herders and farmers, implement conflict resolution mechanisms and establish grazing reserves.

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