European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Thursday announced an unprecedented plan to purchase 60 billion euros a month in the EU's first stab at quantitative easing. Making Sen$e breaks down how bond purchases work and turns to the Council…

Feb 25

Background Briefing: What Is Boko Haram?

Suspected members of the hardline Islamist group Boko Haram attacked a school in Damaturu, Nigeria, early Tuesday morning, burning or shooting 29 boys, but sparing the female students, news outlets reported. The Council on Foreign Relations offers this backgrounder on…

Sep 23

Background Briefing: What is al-Shabab?

Al-Shabab, or “the Youth,” is an al-Qaida-linked militant group and U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization fighting for the creation of a fundamentalist Islamic state in Somalia.