Africa in Transition

John Campbell and Michelle Gavin track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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The Capitol is seen behind a fence and a sign, in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2021. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Dear America: The Rest of The World is Watching

Nkasi Wodu is a lawyer, peacebuilding practitioner, and development expert based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Read More

The World Should Not Look Away From Uganda's Undemocratic Elections
On January 14, Uganda will hold national elections, an exercise that is shaping up to be more of an opportunity for incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to demonstrate the repressive power of the stat…
Radicalization and Extremism
From Separatism to Salafism: Militancy on the Swahili Coast
Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. The revelation that a Kenyan member of al-Shabab was charged with planning a 9/11-style attack on the Unit…
Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Authoritarianism, Social Media, the United States, and Africa
Nolan Quinn contributed to this post. Twitter and other social media platforms have suspended or restricted President Donald J. Trump's access, mostly because of his and his followers’ use of them…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 2–8
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from January 2 to January 8, 2021. This update also represents violence related to …
  • Coronavirus
    COVID-19, Statistics, and Africa
    When COVID-19 struck, public health experts predicted that it would be particularly devastating in sub-Saharan Africa. A UN agency estimated that, in the worst case scenario, 3.3 million Africans wou…
  • Transition 2021
    Nigerian Reaction to the Assault on the U.S. Capitol
    Americans should be under no illusion about the serious damage to their country’s remaining moral authority and capacity for international leadership caused by yesterday's assault on the U.S. Capitol…
  • Coronavirus
    Vaccine Diplomacy: China and SinoPharm in Africa
    Neil Edwards is an Open Source African Media Analyst at Novetta. Media analysis for this piece was enabled by Novetta data. On December 3, John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Dise…
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian Human Rights Activist Arrested—Again
    Nolan Quinn contributed to this post. Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist and former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, was arrested New Year’s Eve following a peaceful prote…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 26–January 1
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from December 26, 2020, to January 1, 2021. This update also represents violence re…
  • Ethiopia
    Amid Misinformation and Suppressed Free Speech, Ethiopian Conflict Erodes Abiy's Credibility
    As 2020 draws to a close, the terrible toll of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is coming into sharper focus. The human costs continue to mount; the United Nations estimates that 1.3 million …