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Luncheon: Emily Estelle

Date: March 14, 2022
Time: 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM

The Vineyards

400 Vineyards Boulevard
Naples, FL 34119

SPEAKER: Emily Estelle
TOPIC: “Conflict Dynamics in Africa”


The presentation will focus on threats to US national security from Africa. The origins and trajectory of al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Africa, highlighting a few key examples from different parts of the continent (Libya, Somalia, Nigeria). I will talk about how these groups operate, including how they exploit local political conflicts. I will also give a big-picture assessment of the trends I see in African security in the coming years and will discuss concerns for US interests from the continent, including the terrorist threat and geopolitical challenges (including Russia and China).  Biography


Emily Estelle is a research fellow at AEI and the research manager for AEI’s Critical Threats Project (CTP) as well as CTP’s senior Salafi-jihadi analyst and Africa team lead. She studies the Salafi-jihadi movement in Africa, including al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and associated groups, as well as related political and security dynamics. Ms. Estelle specializes in the Libya conflict and the Sahel. 

Ms. Estelle led a yearlong planning exercise to produce a recommended US strategy for Libya in 2017. She also regularly participates in working groups and other exercises, including a 2017 NATO training course and a 2019 North Africa policy group.

Ms. Estelle has taught open-source analytical tradecraft sessions to multiple analyst teams in the Departments of Defense and State during the COVID-19 pandemic to help intelligence analysts work effectively in the unclassified, open-source environment.