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Africa in Transition

Michelle Gavin, Ebenezer Obadare, and other experts track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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The map depicts deaths by state. Borno State, in Nigeria's North East, is the epicenter of Boko Haram-related violence, which has also spilled into neighboring Adamawa and Yobe states, among others.

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 19-25

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 19 to November 25, 2022.  Read More

Political Transitions
Fathers and Sons
A looming crisis of succession in several African countries indicates a troubling persistence of ego-driven political paternalism.
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 12-18
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 12 to November 18, 2022. 
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 5-11
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 5 to November 11, 2022. 
  • Nigeria
    The Great Climate Justice Blackmail
    World leaders should rebuff Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s attempt at moral intimidation.
  • Ethiopia
    Progress Towards Peace for Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict
    While the Nairobi agreement offers hope for a resolution to Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict, uncertainties remain, and the damage done will reshape U.S.-Ethiopia relations.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 29-November 4
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 29 to November 4, 2022. 
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
    Dangerous Trends in Eastern Congo
    The resurgence of the M23 rebel group in Eastern Congo increases suffering for civilians and heightens international tensions.    
  • Political Transitions
    Theory from the South?
    Much more than material support for the democratic process, Africa—and the developing world—needs the United States to reaffirm its commitment to democratic principles.
  • East Africa
    Outrage Over Abuse of African Migrants
    Citizen backlash to stories of labor exploitation may complicate Gulf states’ foreign policy agenda in East Africa.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 22-28
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 22 to October 28, 2022.