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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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Nigeria's defense chief General Christopher Musa speaks during a media briefing in Abuja, Nigeria on February 20, 2024.
Nigeria's defense chief General Christopher Musa speaks during a media briefing in Abuja, Nigeria on February 20, 2024. REUTERS/ Abraham Achirga

The Case Against Military Rule

Nigeria needs a change of direction, not a change of government.   Read More

Nigeria
A Tragedy Sixty-Four Years in the Making
The crisis in Nigeria offers a rare opportunity to rethink the moral foundations of the Nigerian state.
Sudan
United States Lacks Strategic Clarity on the Horn of Africa
The recent flurry of congressional and executive attention on Sudan needs to be married to a long-term strategy toward the Horn of Africa. 
Senegal
Democracy Deferred in Senegal
President Macky Sall’s decision to postpone Senegal’s elections threatens the country’s democratic identity.
  • Nigeria
    Life After Weber
    What if the solution to insecurity in Nigeria is beyond the capacity of the state?
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    The Cult of Dirigisme
    Despite repeated failure, faith in closely controlled economies among Africa’s political elites remains strong.
  • Gabon
    Gabon’s Balancing Act
    Gabon’s transitional government struggles to make the case for readmission into regional and global institutions.   
  • Nigeria
    Acts of Privation
    Feeling stuck and unheeded, young Nigerians are increasingly resorting to all manner of desperate measures.
  • Somalia
    New Deals Open Old Wounds in the Horn of Africa
    An already tense security environment in the Horn of Africa is growing even more perilous.
  • Nigeria
    Religious Rumblings
    Nigerians are increasingly frustrated with the Bola Tinubu administration, none more so than Nigerian Christians.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
    History Breeds Skepticism in the DRC’s Electoral Results
    Attempts to promote “stability” in 2019 bear predictable consequences in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s most recent election.