Anneli Botha is a senior researcher on terrorism at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria since 2003. After completing an honours degree in International Politics she joined the South African Police Service, Crime Intelligence in 1993 during which she inter alia focussed on terrorism and religious extremism. She holds a MA (Political Studies) degree at the Rand-Afrikaans University obtained in 1999 that focussed on the historical development of terrorism, religious extremism and PAGAD. She has a specific interest in research on the underlying causes of terrorism, radicalization and counter-terrorism strategies. Her publications include: Terrorism in the Maghreb: Transnationalization of Domestic Terrorism (ISS monograph 144, 2008); Politics and Terrorism: An assessment of the origin and threat of terrorism in Egypt, ISS Paper 131, December 2006; African commitments to combating Organized Crime and Terrorism: A Review of Eight NEPAD Countries (2004, African Human Security Initiative; Political Dissent and Terrorism in Southern Africa, ISS Paper 90, August 2004; An Assessment of Terrorism Counter-measures Adopted by the African Union:  Problems and Prospects for Enhanced Counterterrorism Cooperation, Paper for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC. She also contributed a chapter titled The Role of the Community in Combating Terrorism in Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter Terrorism Network, edited by Peter Katona, Michael D Intriligator and Jon P Sullivan. Routledge: London, 2006. Anneli also participated in the US State Department sponsored International Global Conflict Cooperation Program (IGCC) on National Security in San Diego, California. 


Library Articles

Despite a history of extremism and unconventional political developments in Kenya, relatively little empirical research has been done to determine why and how individuals join al-Shabaab and the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). This paper is based on interviews with Kenyan and Somali-Kenyan individ...
Following the intervention of the Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia in October 2011 in reaction to the increase in kidnappings on the Kenyan coast, the threat of terrorism in Kenya increased considerably. Initially the perception was that the threat originated from Somalia and that Somali nationals or...
This monograph will attempt to place the threat and implication of the name change announcement of the Salafist Group for Combat and Preaching (GSPC)to al-Qa’eda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb (AQLIM) in context, with the primary focus on events in 2007. The name change in itself implied that ...
This report contains some of the papers that were presented at the fourth seminar of the ‘Understanding terrorism in Africa’ series. The seminar, held under the theme of ‘Understanding domestic terrorism in Africa’, took place in Accra, Ghana from 5–6 November 2007. Like the previous semin...
Diplomacy, Terrorism
The sub-theme of the seminar, ‘building bridges and overcoming gaps in the understanding of terrorism in Africa’, was one of the recommendations reached at the first seminar held in Benoni, South Africa, in November 2006. It posits that, in order to prevent and combat terrorism in Africa, we mu...

  • Terrorism

  • Counter-terrorism

  • M.A (Rand-Afrikaans University)