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

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with leaders of Israel and Sudan about the decision to rescind Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2020 Carlos Barria / REUTERS

Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric Toward Ethiopia is Indicative of a Larger Problem

Last week President Trump invited reporters to listen in on a call intended to celebrate the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel, a diplomatic achievement that comes with more than a few complications. During the course of the conversation with the Sudanese and Israeli prime ministers, the president of the United States took it upon himself to casually issue a bellicose threat to Ethiopia on behalf of Egypt and Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 17-23
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from October 17 to October 23, 2020. This update also represents violence related t…
Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?
"Dr. Richard A. Joseph, professor emeritus at Northwestern University and previously of the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His 1987 book Democr…
Nigeria
Nigeria: Fear of Repression
Western media is reporting that violence in Lagos—initially connected to protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit—is intensifying. Lagos is under a twenty-four-hour curfe…
  • Tanzania
    Magufuli is Transforming Tanzania's Ruling Party From a “Benign Hegemon” Into a Malevolent One
    Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. Prior to working for the Council, he lived in Tanzania, returning in March 2020. Tanzania’s Chama cha Mapi…
  • Nigeria
    Protests, Chaos in Nigeria
    Protests that initially called for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an elite police unit credibly accused of rampant human rights abuses, now seem less focused—but are accele…
  • Sudan
    Removing Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List
    This week, President Trump made the long-anticipated announcement that the United States is prepared to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST). Sudan has been on the list of …
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 10-16
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from October 10 to October 16, 2020. This update also represents violence related t…
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian Demonstrations Becoming About More Than the Police
    Following nationwide demonstrations—first against the elite Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and then the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, its successor—the Buhari administration has abolish…
  • Nigeria
    Nigerians Cry Out Against Police Brutality
    Nkasi Wodu is a lawyer, peacebuilding practitioner, and development expert based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. In 2017, Nigerian youths adopted a campaign against brutality from the Nigeria Police Fo…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    The Changing Style of African Coups
    Something of a democratic recessional is underway in sub-Sahara, with a weakening of civil society and democratic institutions. This both reflects and facilitates assaults on civilian, secular govern…