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Code of Conduct Concerning the Repression of Piracy, Armed Robbery Against Ships, and Illicit Maritime Activity in West and Central Africa

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) created a code of conduct, modeled after the Djibouti Code of Conduct, to increase regional cooperation in combatting piracy. The code of conduct was signed on June 25, 2013, after a conference on maritime safety and security in Yaounde, Cameroon and is also known as the Yaounde Declaration.
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Conclusions of the Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria

On May 17, 2014, heads of state from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, France, Niger, and Nigeria and representatives of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States discussed how to combat the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 school children.
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Reason: Why Poor Countries are Poor

by Tim Hartford
Reason's Tim Harford uses the example of a school library in Cameroon to explain why institutions are so vital to explaining variations in economic growth and development.
Backgrounder

Global Efforts to Eradicate Polio

by Danielle Renwick
Though polio had nearly been eradicated, the virus is on the rise amid an increase in violence against vaccine workers in conflict zones. This Backgrounder examines the challenges to eradicating the disease.
Backgrounder

Boko Haram

by Toni Johnson, Mohammed Aly Sergie
Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram has evolved from a local insurgency to a brutal militant group that the United States has designated a terrorist organization.
Task Force Report

More Than Humanitarianism

by Princeton N. Lyman, J. Stephen Morrison with Anthony Lake, Christine Todd Whitman
This CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force finds that Africa is of growing strategic importance to the United States in addition to being an important humanitarian concern, and finds that critical humanitarian interests would be better served by a more comprehensive U.S. approach toward Africa.