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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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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: May 7-13

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 7 to May 13, 2022.  Read More

Nigeria
State Pardon for Former Governors Puts Nigeria’s Anticorruption Drive in Jeopardy
Nigeria’s pardon for former corrupt governors damages the country's anticorruption campaign and undermines democratic institutions.
Nigeria
State Department Report Highlights Magnitude of Human Rights Challenge in Nigeria
The recent U.S. State Department human rights report on Nigeria highlights violence, corruption, and violations of freedom of speech.
Somalia
Somalia’s Political Paradoxes Forestall Progress and Stability
Somali politicians use nationalism to evade political pressure that seeks to create a more accountable and effective state.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 2–8
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 2 to April 8, 2022.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria’s Deepening Security Crisis Exposes Growing Reliance on Nonstate Actors
    Governor El-Rufai’s threat to import mercenaries to help with Nigeria’s security crisis reveals cracks in the security sector and waning state power.
  • Sudan
    Junta and Public at Odds in Sudan
    Supporters of a transition must find ways to counter the junta.
  • Burkina Faso
    Blaise Compaore’s Conviction Is a Momentous Victory for the Rule of Law and Citizen Power in Africa
    Compaore’s conviction is good news for the rule of law and democratic consolidation in Africa. 
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 26–April 1
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 26 to April 1, 2022.
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian Democracy in Peril as Country Descends Into Lawlessness
    The recent attack on a Nigerian railway is the latest chapter in the country’s worsening security crisis and tottering democracy.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 19–25
    This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 19 to March 25, 2022.