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Bloomberg Businessweek: ‘Crusader’s nightmare’ or not, virus threatens African security

UC's politics and religion expert Alex Thurston remarks on terrorism in COVID-19 pandemic

Academics who study jihadist groups say that while terrorist activity in Africa has picked up in recent months, it’s unclear how much of the increase is in response to the coronavirus-inspired call to arms. 

in a Bloomberg Businessweek article, Alex Thurston, a political science professor at the University of Cincinnati, says that in areas where the insurgents wield effective political control, their inability to provide meaningful relief to civilians suffering from the disease would erode any support they might have among the population.

Thurston, an expert in Islam and politics in northwest Africa, is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science in UC's College of Arts and Sciences. 

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