Emily Mellgard

Centre on Religion & Geopolitics, Analyst

Emily Mellgard was the Africa Analyst for the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics, and co-editor of the Global Extremism Monitor. Before joining the Foundation she was the Africa program research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) working with Ambassador John Campbell. There she was the editor of the Africa in Transition blog and sub-editor of the Nigeria Security Tracker. Emily's research interests include Nigeria, the history and growth of Boko Haram, and regional implications of the group's violence, rising Islamism in Mali, the escalation of violence in the Central African Reupublic, and al-Shabaab in Somalia and Kenya. She holds a Bachelors degree in Theology and Religion from Durham University and a Masters in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Emily has appeared on Sky News. Emily is a member of Chatham House and the Nigeria Security Network. 



What is Boko Haram?

Jihadi organisation Boko Haram continues to ravage Nigeria's northeast and the Lake Chad Basin. The origins and ideology of the group are examined by Emily Mellgard.

Emily Mellgard

16 Sep 2016


What is the Antibalaka?

The Antibalaka militias in the Central African Republic remain a little-understood but critical player in the ongoing national crisis.

Emily Mellgard

07 Sep 2016


What is al-Shabaab?

As al-Shabaab continues to carry out deadly attacks in Somalia and Kenya, Emily Mellgard examines the origins and ideology of the group.

Emily Mellgard

06 Sep 2016

At a Glance

Sub-Saharan Africa's Extremist Hotspots

Data from the first four months of the Global Extremism Monitor reveals that extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa are as destructive as their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Emily Mellgard

24 May 2016


Al-Shabaab Divided Over ISIS Courtship

ISIS has pursued al-Shabaab for its pledge of allegiance for months. How much ISIS support is there in Somalia and why does ISIS want it?

Emily Mellgard

26 Nov 2015

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