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

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World Health Organization workers, during a 2018 Ebola outbreak, prepare a center for vaccination in the port city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 21, 2018. Kenny Katombe/Reuters

Ebola Emerges in Northwestern DRC, WHO Responds

The health minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced six Ebola cases in the city of Mbandaka in Equateur Province in northwestern DRC. As of June 1, four of the six victims have died. These recent cases of Ebola represent DRC’s eleventh such outbreak since the disease first appeared in 1976. Read More

Nigeria
Recent Flare Up in Violence Across Northwestern Nigeria
Some five hundred "bandits" attacked a village (or perhaps several villages) in Katsina State in northwest Nigeria over May 30 and 31. They made off with "thousands" of livestock, presumably cattle, …
Demonstrations and Protests
Affirming Our Commitment to Human Rights, at Home and Abroad
The sickening murder of George Floyd, and the laudable fact that the press in the United States is free to report it and to tell the story of the protests sweeping the nation, has again exposed just …
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 23–29
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 23 to 29, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram…
  • Nigeria
    Kidnapping in Nigeria: A Growth Industry
    When talking to Nigerians about insecurity, especially those that live in the Lagos-Ibadan corridor, Abuja, and Port Harcourt—some of the most developed parts of the country—the first thing they ofte…
  • South Africa
    President Ramaphosa Tries to Thread the Needle on COVID-19 in South Africa
    As president of South Africa and head of the ruling African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa seeks to restore South Africa's economy and consolidate his position within the party. He still faces op…
  • South Africa
    A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa
    CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 16–22
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 16 to 22, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram…
  • Coronavirus
    Scaling Up African Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in a Time of COVID-19
    Emily Kaine, MD, is the senior vice president for global health at the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Jude Nwokike is a vice president for global public health at the U.S. Pharmacopeia. The COVID-19 pandemic …
  • Coronavirus
    Limiting the COVID-19 Food Crisis in Africa Begins With Local Farmers
    Stephanie Hanson is the senior vice president of policy and partnerships at One Acre Fund, an agriculture organization serving one million farmers in Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges…
  • Mozambique
    Preventing the Next Boko Haram in Northern Mozambique
    James Blake is an advisor, analyst, and journalist who focuses on conflict, humanitarian crises, and refugee issues. He is a member of the International Crisis Group's ambassadorial council.  As t…