Africa in Transition

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

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Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 8–14

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 8 to May 14, 2021. 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

In a Reversal, Nigeria Wants U.S. Africa Command Headquarters in Africa
On April 27, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, requested that the United States move the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarter…
Benin's Democracy Continues its Downward Spiral
Benin has been something of a poster child for African democracy following its move away from Marxism–Leninism after the collapse of the Soviet Union. No longer. On paper, Benin is a constitutional d…
Sub-Saharan Africa
Supporting African Vaccinations is in U.S. and Global Interest
When it comes to fighting COVID-19, the Biden Administration has made it clear that tamping down the threat domestically is its first priority. While early moves to commit funds to COVAX and reengage…
  • Burkina Faso
    Unanswered Questions Swirl Following Burkina Faso Murders
    Confirmed by the Spanish prime minister, Western media reports that two Spanish filmmakers and the Irish president of a conservation non-governmental organization (NGO) were murdered in Burkina Faso …
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian Government Minister's Jihadi Statements Cause Uproar
    Isa Pantami is minister of communications and digital economy in President Muhammadu Buhari's government. Some years ago, in sermons and other statements, he used rhetoric about Christians and the We…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 17–23
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from April 17 to April 23, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Bo…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Beefs Up Airport Security
    According to Nigerian media, the Federal Ministry of Aviation has directed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to increase airport security. Specific reference is made to the airports at…
  • Chad
    The Unfolding Consequences of Idriss Déby's Death
    The ripple effects emanating from the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby on April 20 are only beginning to be apparent. Most immediately, the future of Chad has been thrown into question. Déby re…
  • Chad
    Deby's Death Heightens Uncertainty in Chad, West Africa
    Chad strongman Idriss Deby's death on April 20, allegedly in combat with rebel forces that had crossed over from Libya, is bad news for the immediate struggle against jihadi radicalism in Nigeria, Ni…
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian and Western Values Collide
    Nigerian public opinion is intensely homophobic. In 2014, the Nigerian National Assembly passed—and then President Goodluck Jonathan signed—a law against homosexual activity as draconian as that of U…