A short list of works that highlight my writing and reporting for a variety of publications. You can find pretty much all of my other published work in the “blog” section of this site.  


Al-Qaida and ISIS Turn On Each Other in the Sahel, With Civilians in the Crossfire,” World Politics Review, 15 June 2020.

Can African Countries Continue to Fend Off the Worst of COVID-19?World Politics Review, 15 May 2020.

How Counterinsurgency Campaigns Are Fueling Human Rights Abuses in the Sahel,” World Politics Review, 30 April 2020.


It’s Not Just Trump: There’s a Worldwide War on Asylum Seekers.” Vice, 26 September 2019.

In 2003, a Farmer Killed Himself to Protest Globalization. Little Has Changed.” Vice, 12 September 2019.

Trump’s Immigration Policy is Designed to Stoke Crises,” GEN, 16 July 2019.


Inside the Corruption and Repression Forcing Hondurans to Flee to the US,” Vice, 26 October 2018.

A Dangerous Immigration Crackdown in West Africa,” The Atlantic, 11 February 2018.

Niger’s Gold Rush Has Turned Bandits into Barons,” Vice, 11 January 2018.


Keeping Refugees in Africa,” De Correspondent / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, 21 December 2017

Nearly There, But Never Further Away,” Foreign Policy, 5 October 2017.

The Savior’s Dilemma,” Foreign Policy, 5 October 2017.

Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior,” Oxford University Press, 4 April 2017.

In Niger, anti-smuggling efforts risk trading one crisis for another,” African Arguments, 14 January 2017.


Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour,” C. Hurst & Co, 6 October 2016.

Boko Haram,” VICE on HBO, 5 Feburary 2016.


Making sense of the Mali attack,” Politico, 23 November 2015.

Ghosts of Boko Haram: How Nigerian Refugees Are Coping in the Wake of the Baga Massacre,” Vice, 19 May 2015.

Lines in the Sand,” VICE on HBO, 27 March 2015.

A Postcard from Guantánamo: How Mohamedou Ould Slahi Became a Suspected Terrorist, Then a Best-Selling Author,” Vice, 26 Feb 2015.


Tackling Ebola, One Broadcast at a Time,” Foreign Policy, 9 October 2014.

The Toxic Politics of Ebola,” Foreign Policy, 6 October 2014.

The US and France Are Teaming Up to Fight A Sprawling War on Terror in Africa,” VICE News, 15 September 2014.

The New French Militarism in the Sahel,” Medium, 11 September 2014.

On Africa’s Human Trafficking Trail,” The Wall Street Journal, 7 May 2014.

War, Peace and Civil Affairs in Niger,” The Wall Street Journal, 6 March 2014.


Africa Express Strikes the Right Notes,” The Wall Street Journal, 24 October 2013.

Mali 2.0,” Foreign Policy, 23 September 2013.

“’Baghdad’ and “Gaza’ in Guinea,” The Wall Street Journal, 4 July 2013.

Meet the Waraba Battalion,” The Wall Street Journal, 9 June 2013.

The Jihadi from the Block,” Foreign Policy, 19 March 2013.

In Mali, the Peril of Guerrilla War Looms,” The New York Times, 16 February 2013.

Mali War Shifts as Rebels Hide in High Sahara,” The New York Times, 9 February 2013.