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Africa in Transition

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

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Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia, arrives for the opening of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 10, 2019. Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Warning Signs Appear Ahead of Zambian Elections

The backdrop to the current Zambian election cycle is far from an environment conducive to debating solutions for the serious challenges Zambians face. Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 3–9
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 3 to July 9, 2021.
Nigeria
Nigerian President Buhari Clashes With Twitter Chief Executive Dorsey
The Buhari administration's June ban on Twitter in Nigeria, combined with proposals within Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow the federal government to establish a "code of conduct" fo…
Eswatini
Crisis in eSwatini Raises Uncomfortable Questions for SADC
The protests in eSwatini, one of the world’s last absolute monarchies, call renewed attention to the gulf between Southern Africa’s professed principles and the region’s realities.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 26–July 2
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 26 to July 2, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Boko …
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria’s Northern Elders Forum: Keeping the Igbo is Not Worth a Civil War
    On June 9, following a closed-door meeting, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) issued a public statement that the Igbo-dominated southeast should be allowed to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeri…
  • Nigeria
    Apprehension of Biafra Leader Poses Challenges for Nigeria's Government
    Nigerian Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami announced yesterday that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was apprehended abroad on June 27 and has been returned…
  • South Africa
    Zuma’s Arrest is Good News for the Rule of Law in South Africa
    South Africa's Constitutional Court has sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to fifteen months in prison for defying a court order to appear before the Zondo Commission, which is investigating charg…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 19–25
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 19 to June 25, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Boko…
  • Zimbabwe
    Unpacking Zimbabwe's Ongoing Decline
    A cursory glance at recent headlines from Zimbabwe could give one the impression that things are looking up. A recent World Bank report predicted growth of nearly 4 percent this year. The government …
  • Nigeria
    Former President Obasanjo Argues for the Unity of Nigeria
    Against a backdrop of growing calls for ethnically based separatism, including in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s native Yorubaland, the former president in a speech laid out the arguments for m…