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

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Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 20–26

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from February 20 to February 26, 2021. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents are included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.   Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem
Nkasi Wodu, a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, is a lawyer, peacebuilding practitioner, and development expert based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Nigerian minister of defense recently e…
Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Nigeria's Vice President Speaks Plainly on Population and Food
Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo addressed on February 23 a UN Food Systems Summit organized by the Nigerian government in Abuja, the national capital. He was blunt about the country's food ins…
Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is Back on the Front Page
The killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the lifting of U.S. Treasury sanctions against an Israeli businessman accused of mining-related corruption in the f…
  • Coronavirus
    Tanzania’s COVID Denialism Harms its Economic Future
    Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen populist leaders the world over downplay the disease in apparent attempts t…
  • Boko Haram
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 13–19
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from February 13 to February 19, 2021. This update also represents violence related…
  • Zimbabwe
    New Report Shines Spotlight on Corruption in Zimbabwe
    Last month, South Africa’s Daily Maverick newspaper published a damning exposé on corruption in Zimbabwe. The report, titled Cartel Power Dynamics in Zimbabwe [PDF], details off-the-books networks wo…
  • Human Rights
    Kidnapping and Ransom Payments in Nigeria
    On February 17, a gang of "gunmen" kidnapped more than forty students, teachers, and administrators from a secondary school in Niger State. At least one student was killed. Niger State Governor Abuba…
  • International Organizations
    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A Well-Qualified New Leader for the WTO
    When Robert Azevedo stepped down last year from the post of director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Ok…
  • Boko Haram
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 6–12
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from February 6 to February 12, 2021. This update also represents violence related …
  • Transnational Crime
    Nigeria's Enduring "Gold Wars"
    Fola Aina is a doctoral fellow at King’s College London. He is an international security analyst with expertise on peace and security in the Lake Chad region and the Sahel region. Nolan Quinn cont…