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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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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and South Africa's Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana attend bilateral talks in Pretoria, South Africa on January 26, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

The Limits of the U.S.-South Africa Relationship

The Biden administration’s attempts to build closer bonds with South Africa may not bear fruit, but it may be worth devoting more attention to nongovernmental actors. Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 21-27
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 21 to January 27, 2023. 
Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Whither Political Freedoms in Africa?
When it comes to civil liberties in Africa, Western governments and institutions must put their monies where their mouths are.
Sub-Saharan Africa
Staying Neutral on Ukraine Easier Said Than Done for African States
As the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group expands its Africa footprint, questions remain about what “neutrality” really looks like for African governments. 
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 14-20
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 14 to January 20, 2023. 
  • Nigeria
    Gender Freeze
    For Nigerian women, gender equality remains a bridge too far as increased social influence fails to translate into political power.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    PEPFAR at Twenty
    PEPFAR’s twentieth anniversary should prompt reflection on some inconvenient truths for U.S.-Africa relations.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 7-13
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 7 to January 13, 2023. 
  • Nigeria
    Obi Goes for Broke
    Whether he wins the presidency or not, Peter Obi has already changed the course of Nigerian politics for good.
  • Sudan
    Credibility in Short Supply in Sudan
    Champions of democracy in Sudan should be wary of promises from junta leaders to give up political power.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 31-January 6
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from December 31, 2022, to January 6, 2023.