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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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Protesters march during rally against military rule following last month's coup in Khartoum, Sudan on January 24, 2022. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

Sudanese Protesters Insist on End to Military Rule

Sudanese pro-democracy protesters have been more resolute in calling for an unconditional end to military rule than many Western democracies, which have been all too willing to condone a return to the status quo ante. Read More

Burkina Faso
Coup in Burkina Faso Bodes Ill for Stability in West Africa
Putschists in West Africa should not interpret initial popular support for coups as an indication that citizens no longer desire responsive, accountable governance.
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 15–21
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 15 to January 22, 2022.
Zimbabwe
Identity Crisis Undermines Zimbabwean Opposition
Zimbabwe's largest opposition party finds itself fighting for survival amid a slew of legal challenges.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 8–14
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 8 to January 14, 2022.
  • Nigeria
    Twitter Ban Shows Limits of State Power in Nigeria
    The Nigerian government's ban of Twitter led many users to simply switch platforms or circumvent the ban with VPNs, an illustration of the difficulty of clamping down on online activities.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 1–7
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 1 to January 7, 2022.
  • Ethiopia
    Ethiopia Conflict Dynamics Shift as New U.S. Envoy Takes Over
    Recent signs out of Ethiopia are encouraging, but major issues standing in the way of a sustainable peace remain unresolved.
  • South Africa
    Reflections: Former Asst. Sec. for Africa Walter Kansteiner on the George W. Bush Administration's Zimbabwe Policy
    Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner reflects on his dealing with former South African President Thabo Mbeki in formulating U.S. policy toward Zimbabwe from 2001 to 2003.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 25–31
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from December 25 to December 31, 2021.
  • Sudan
    Authoritarian Trends in the Horn of Africa Require New Policy Approach
    U.S. policy has been largely ineffectual in reversing democratic backsliding in the Horn of Africa.