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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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Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia on March 14, 2021. Baz Ratner/Reuters

Ethiopia: U.S. Sanctions Threat Attempts to Change the Equation

The impact of the Biden administration's threat to impose sanctions on certain individuals involved in the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia is likely to be limited. Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 11–17
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 11 to September 17, 2021.
Somalia
Somalia’s Ongoing Political Crisis Exposes Fundamental Problem for U.S. Policy
Reflections on the shortcoming of U.S. policy in Afghanistan have brought lessons that can be used to rethink American policy toward Somalia.
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.