The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have bombed an oil pipeline and threatened to intensify attacks on oil and gas infrastructure in the Niger Delta if the Nigerian government strengthens military presence in the region. This indicates that Nigeria’s oil production levels may remain low due to continuing instability in the region.
Kazakh authorities have reported the arrests of groups of suspected terrorists in major cities in both August and October of 2016. Examined in light of terror attacks in major cities in the country earlier this year, these developments are indicative of an increase in popularity of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Kazakhstan and the wider Central Asian region.
In the 2015-2016 academic year, Coastal Carolina University student Emily Clingenpeel was an analyst in the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief’s Europe Desk. The Intelligence and National Security Studies major and Global Studies Minor specializes in Eastern European affairs, with an emphasis on Russia. This fall, Clingenpeel took an extra step in her specialization, by going to Russia to study. She is currently a student at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, where she focuses on Russian Language study, through a program provided by the American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS). We caught up with her during a rare break from her many trips throughout Russia and Eastern Europe and asked her a few questions about her study-abroad experience and its connection to her CIB training.
The first episode of the CIB Intelligence Report, the television show that covers the latest developments in the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, is now online.
Early last month, Detachment 88, Indonesia’s counterterrorism unit, foiled an attempt by the Katibah Gigih Ramat (KGR) Cell to launch a rocket at Singapore’s Marina Bay from the island of Batam. The failed attempt indicates the rising popularity of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Indonesia and shows that Indonesian Islamist militants are becoming increasingly globally-oriented. It can be stated with moderate confidence that Jemaah Islamiyah does not continue to pose a security threat today, as it has been overshadowed by ISIS.