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

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Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 27–July 3

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 27 to July 3, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents are included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.     Read More

Belgium
Belgium Begins to Confront Its Brutal Colonial Past in Congo
Black Lives Matter protests in France and the United Kingdom have intensified the domestic debate over their countries’ past colonialism and present racism. Demonstrators, numbering in the thousands,…
Senegal
How Remittances From Petit Senegal, a Diaspora Community in New York City, Build Wealth Abroad
Tareian King is an intern with CFR's Africa Program and a student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. She is also the founder of Nolafrique, an e-commerce platform that enables ar…
China
As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development
Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 20–26
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 20 to June 26, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko…
  • South Africa
    Trials for COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Begin in South Africa
    Africa's first COVID-19 vaccine trial began on June 24 in South Africa. The trial started in Johannesburg, the commercial capital, and Pretoria, the national capital, in Gauteng province, and will gr…
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian Media’s Unsubstantiated Claims that U.S. Agencies Investigating Corruption by Buhari's Inner Circle
    Pointblank News is reporting that the U.S. Departments of State and Justice are investigating Sabiu 'Tunde' Yusuf, Sarki Abba, Mamman Daura, Ismaila Isa Funtua, and his son Abubakar Funtua for money …
  • United Kingdom
    Who Should Benefit From Private American and British Reparations for Slavery?
    The movement against anti-Black racism has made reparations an important element of the conversation on race relations, both in the United States and in Europe. Georgetown University in Washington…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 13–19
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 13 to June 19, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko…
  • Nigeria
    ISWA’s Recent Attacks Could Signal a New, Deadlier Approach in Nigeria
    Bulama Bukarti is a sub-Saharan Africa analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, based in London, and a PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London. On June 9, a Boko Haram faction ca…
  • Zimbabwe
    The Authoritarian Politics of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe
    In the United States and around the world, societies are struggling to balance the sometimes draconian social controls needed to combat a highly contagious infectious disease with the need for limits…