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Africa in Transition

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

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An Ethiopian refugee stands as she is registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the Um Rakuba refugee camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, Sudan, November 28, 2020. Baz Ratner / REUTERS

As Policymakers Raise Alarm about Tigray Crisis, More Action is Needed

As the horrific suffering in Ethiopia’s Tigray region continues, the United States and other members of the international community are sounding ever more urgent alarms.  Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 5–11
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 5 to June 11, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Boko …
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 5–11
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 5 to June 11, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Boko …
Somaliland
Recognizing Somaliland's Democratic Success
On May 31st, the people of Somaliland went to the polls to participate in long-delayed parliamentary and municipal elections. The largely autonomous region in the north of Somalia, which had a differ…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 29–June 4
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 29 to June 4, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Boko H…
  • South Africa
    South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, and Ace Magashule From 30,000 Feet
    South Africa is a democracy conducted according to the rule of law with a genuinely independent judiciary. While post-apartheid South Africa has made progress in addressing extreme poverty among the …
  • Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
    Africa at the Center of Twenty-First-Century Demographic Shift
    As the results of the 2020 U.S. national census become known, the American media is digesting the finding that the country's population is no longer growing. The May 23 Sunday New York Times lead art…
  • South Africa
    South Africa's Ramaphosa Struggles to Reestablish Trust
    President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has an extraordinarily tough job. He leads a country reeling from a series of corruption scandals and a party at war with itself. South Africa’s citizens are…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 22–28
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 22 to May 28, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Boko H…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    U.S. Push for a Global Clean Energy Transition Can Start in Africa
    Katie Auth is policy director at the Energy for Growth Hub and former deputy coordinator of Power Africa at USAID. Todd Moss is executive director at the Hub and a former deputy assistant secretary o…
  • Nigeria
    Islamic State in West Africa Now Dominates in Northeast Nigeria
    The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) has announced that it has replaced Abubakar Shekau with Abu Musab al-Barnawi. Abu Musab "takes over all territories that were under Shekau. The immediate repla…