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Africa in Transition

Michelle Gavin and other experts track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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The map depicts deaths by state. Borno State, in Nigeria's North East, is the epicenter of Boko Haram-related violence, which has also spilled into neighboring Adamawa and Yobe states, among others.

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 9–15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 9 to October 15, 2021. Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 4–10
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 4 to September 10, 2021.
Sub-Saharan Africa
Reflecting on Africa’s Last Decade
Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell reflects on his last decade writing for Africa in Transition.
South Africa
Murder of South African Whistleblower Illustrates Dangerous Status Quo
South Africa at present is afflicted by corruption, cynical politics, and high levels of violence—a toxic combination that created the conditions for the murder of whistleblower Babita Deokaran.
  • Nigeria
    Boko Haram Capture of Military Equipment Fuels Lake Chad Insurgency
    Boko Haram's capture of materiel from government forces in the Lake Chad region bolsters the jihadi insurgency's lethality, posing a grave risk to civilians, peacekeepers, and other military personnel.
  • Guinea
    Coups are Back in West Africa
    The recent coup in Guinea is part of a resurgence of "coup culture" in West Africa.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 28–September 3
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 28 to September 3, 2021.
  • Nigeria
    Taliban Capture of Super Tucano Highlights Risk in Nigeria
    The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the group's capture of U.S. military materiel highlights the risk inherent to U.S. arms deals with countries wracked with insecurity.
  • South Africa
    New COVID-19 Variant Detected in South Africa
    The significance of the C.1.2. variant of COVID-19, first discovered in South Africa in May, remains to be seen.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria and Russia Sign Military Cooperation Agreement
    A legal framework agreement between Russia and Nigeria is likely to be primarily transactional in nature, with any political influence seen by Moscow as a secondary benefit.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 21–27
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 21 to August 27, 2021.