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

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A piece of cloth belonging to a student is seen on the ground after gunmen attacked and abducted students and teachers from the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State, Nigeria on February 18, 2021. Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem

Nkasi Wodu, a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, is a lawyer, peacebuilding practitioner, and development expert based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Read More

Infectious Diseases
Ebola Resurfaces in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Three months after health authorities from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the country had brought to an end its eleventh outbreak of Ebola, the disease has killed the wife of a survi…
Nigeria
Security Deteriorating in Nigeria’s Former “Biafra”
Nolan Quinn contributed to this post. Fighting between government forces and an Igbo separatist group risks adding yet another challenge for the Buhari administration. The emergence of an Igbo par…
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 30–February 5
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from January 30 to February 5, 2021. This update also represents violence related t…
  • Nigeria
    Ethnic and Religious Violence Worsen in Kaduna
    Kaduna is increasingly the epicenter of violence in Nigeria, rivaling Borno state, the home turf of Boko Haram. In rural areas, conflicts over water and land use are escalating, and Ansaru, a less pr…
  • Ethiopia
    Ethiopia-Sudan Border Dispute Raises Stakes for Security in the Horn
    The crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region continues to demand international attention and action to remove barriers to the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian assistance; in a volatile and strat…
  • Religion
    The Pervasive Influence of Nigeria's Religious Leaders
    Nigerians like to say that they are the world's happiest people and the most religious. The basis of their happiness, they go on to say in the face of poor well-being statistics (such as one of the w…
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian President Buhari Shuffles Military Service Chiefs
    Security across Nigeria is challenged, with Islamist groups in the north far from defeated, a seeming resurgence of a low-level insurrection in the oil patch, ongoing conflict in the middle of the co…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 23–29
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from January 23 to January 29, 2021. This update also represents violence related t…
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    COVID-19 Death Rate Rising in Africa
    The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has announced that the COVID-19 case fatality rate in Africa is now 2.5 percent, higher than the worldwide level of 2.2 percent. (Ac…
  • France
    Macron Signals Upcoming Reduction of French Military Presence in the Sahel
    On January 19, French President Emmanuel Macron said that recent successes against jihadis and the pledge of additional EU troops makes it possible to "adjust" French military operations in the weste…