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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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A man uses his mobile phone beside army soldiers after they deposed President Kabore in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 24, 2022.
A man uses his mobile phone beside army soldiers after they deposed President Kabore in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 24, 2022. REUTERS/Vincent Bado

When Civilians Become Targets

Recurrent deadly encounters between soldiers and civilians across West Africa offer an instructive glimpse into the state of civil-military relations in the region. Read More

Kenya
A Preview of Kenya’s State Visit
During Kenya’s state visit, the United States should work toward building a more resilient model of U.S.-Africa partnerships.
Chad
An Exercise in Electoral Futility
The United States should resist a “business as usual” approach to Chad.  
Nigeria
Ethnonationalist Rumblings
Why seeming democratic progress has failed to staunch agitation for self-determination in Nigeria.
  • South Africa
    Mutual Suspicion Grates U.S.-South Africa Relations
    Tensions in the U.S.-South Africa relationship only heighten as both countries head towards national elections. 
  • Nigeria
    The Record Breakers
    Nigerians’ seemingly coordinated assault on the Guinness World Records offers a didactic lens into the national psyche and the state of the nation.
  • LGBTQ+
    How (Not) to Talk About Sex in Africa
    It is time the LGBTQ+ coalition changed its strategy on the continent.
  • Nigeria
    When Disability Meets Privilege
    Authorities in Nigeria squander an opportunity to make a statement about human dignity and genuine social inclusion.
  • Humanitarian Intervention
    When Non-Intervention Becomes a Dogma
    Sometimes the only thing worse than foreign intervention is non-intervention.
  • Nigeria
    The Ride of Their Lives
    More than a mere automobile, the sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Nigeria is rich in social meaning.
  • Religion
    A King and His Subjects
    The relationship between a Nigerian pastor on death row and his congregation offers a timely glimpse into the nature of devotion and social obedience across African Pentecostal churches.