Africa in Transition

Michelle Gavin, Ebenezer Obadare, and other experts track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Protesters march during a rally against military rule following a coup in Khartoum, Sudan on May 12,2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Pro-Democracy Movement Persists in Sudan

Sudan's June 30 demonstrations reflect citizens' desire for civilian control of the state, and the junta's discomfort with expressions of popular will. The international actors involved with Sudan should take note. Read More

French Enter Mali But How Will It End?
According to the New York Times, the French intervention in Mali to halt the southern march of Islamist forces has gone well. Franco-Malian recovery of the fabled cities of Timbuktu, Gao, and Kidal c…
Disease Cannot Be Contained on One Continent
There is a yellow fever epidemic in Sudan, characterized by the press as the world’s worst in twenty years. The international community is assisting with vaccinations and laboratory support. With man…
CFR’s Center for Preventative Action and Potential Electoral Violence in Kenya
Kenya is an African state of strategic importance to the United States. Not only does it provide the United States with air and maritime access, it plays an important role in preventing terrorists fr…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Anglicans in Zimbabwe Regain Cathedral and Other Properties
    For the past five years, Robert Mugabe’s government has, in effect, persecuted the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe.  As I blogged previously in 2011, the ex-bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, a long-time…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Nigeria Cuts Troop Pledge for Mali
    The Nigerian press, citing foreign ministry sources, reports that the federal government has cut its pledge of 600 military personnel to 450 for the planned Economic Community of West African States …
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Campaign Posters for Nigeria’s President Jonathan
    Nigeria’s presidential elections are over two years away. Elite politics are already focusing in on them, however.  Opposition parties are negotiating a possible united front against President Goodlu…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Christmas Violence in Nigeria
    Boko Haram-associated violence appears to spike around the major Christian holidays, especially Christmas. The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) documents this trend in 2011. This year, according to the…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Optimism Opens the New Year in South Africa
    This is a guest post by John Causey, a private equity consultant based in Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in sub-Saharan Africa transactions, with investors mainly from the EU and US. Last y…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    New Details on Kamene Okonjo Kidnapping
    The Nigeria media is supplying new details on the December 10 kidnapping of the mother of Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The media repor…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Nigeria: What if Globalization Reverses?
    This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…