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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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A bus carrying displaced people arrives at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. Baz Ratner / REUTERS

In Ethiopia, Peace Requires Domestic Reconciliation

Ethiopia has the world’s attention. The United Nations Security Council finally found its voice to call for improved humanitarian access and express concern over reports of sexual violence in Tigray. Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria: Anxiety Over Deteriorating Security Morphing Into Panic
Some Nigerian movers and shakers appear to be panicking over the continued deterioration of security nationwide. Longtime political heavyweight Bukola Saraki—former governor of Kwara State, former pr…
Nigeria
Measuring Boko Haram's Impact on State Security Services
Asch Harwood, a former research associate with the Council on Foreign Relations' Africa program, is the creator of the Nigeria Security Tracker and the founder of Red Hook Media Lab.  The Nigerian…
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 24–30
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from April 24 to April 30, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Bo…
  • Nigeria
    In a Reversal, Nigeria Wants U.S. Africa Command Headquarters in Africa
    On April 27, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, requested that the United States move the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarter…
  • Benin
    Benin's Democracy Continues its Downward Spiral
    Benin has been something of a poster child for African democracy following its move away from Marxism–Leninism after the collapse of the Soviet Union. No longer. On paper, Benin is a constitutional d…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Supporting African Vaccinations is in U.S. and Global Interest
    When it comes to fighting COVID-19, the Biden Administration has made it clear that tamping down the threat domestically is its first priority. While early moves to commit funds to COVAX and reengage…
  • Burkina Faso
    Unanswered Questions Swirl Following Burkina Faso Murders
    Confirmed by the Spanish prime minister, Western media reports that two Spanish filmmakers and the Irish president of a conservation non-governmental organization (NGO) were murdered in Burkina Faso …
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian Government Minister's Jihadi Statements Cause Uproar
    Isa Pantami is minister of communications and digital economy in President Muhammadu Buhari's government. Some years ago, in sermons and other statements, he used rhetoric about Christians and the We…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 17–23
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from April 17 to April 23, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Bo…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Beefs Up Airport Security
    According to Nigerian media, the Federal Ministry of Aviation has directed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to increase airport security. Specific reference is made to the airports at…