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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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Pastor Tunde Bakare, former vice presidential candidate of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, addresses worshippers at a church in Lagos, Nigeria, on October, 2020. Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Reaction to “Blasphemy” Killing Illustrates Complicated Role of Religion in Nigeria’s Democratic Transition

Horrendous killing of college sophomore highlights the country’s ethnoreligious fault line, but interdenominational rivalry in the south is of no less moment. Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 14-20
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 14 to May 20, 2022. 
Sudan
The Horn of Africa’s Dubious Dialogues
The dialogues in the Horn of Africa inspire little confidence to resolve the region’s crises while U.S. diplomatic efforts seem insufficient in an area of strategic interest.
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 7-13
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 7 to May 13, 2022. 
  • Nigeria
    Gruesome “Blasphemy” Killing Brings Nigeria’s Long-Running Ethno-Religious Divide Into Sharp Focus
    The brutal murder of college sophomore evokes conflicting visions of citizenship and political identity in Nigeria.
  • Nigeria
    The Nigerian State Is the Greatest Threat to Nigerian Democracy
    As the race for the Nigerian presidency takes shape, the fate of Nigeria itself hangs in the balance.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 30-May 6
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 30 to May 6, 2022. 
  • Tanzania
    A Stronger U.S.-Tanzania Relationship Would Be Mutually Beneficial
    President Hassan's emphasis on economic growth and political liberalization in Tanzania are especially compelling to the United States in the context of a generally troubled East Africa.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 23-29
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 23 to April 29, 2022. 
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Africa Must Be Wary of Cutting Its Nose to Spite Its Face
    African countries’ justifiable disaffection with the West should not override their commitment to Ukraine and liberal values.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
    The EAC’s Challenges in Eastern Congo
    As the DRC becomes the newest member of the East African Community,  the regional organization confronts multiple challenges in its effort to tackle insecurity in eastern Congo.