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Africa in Transition

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

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Former U.S. president Donald Trump prays with pastors during a campaign visit to the International Church of Las Vegas and the International Christian Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 5, 2016.
Former U.S. president Donald Trump prays with pastors during a campaign visit to the International Church of Las Vegas and the International Christian Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A Second Coming?

Among a cross section of Nigerian Christians, support for former US President Donald Trump remains stubbornly strong.   Read More

LGBTQ+
How (Not) to Talk About Sex in Africa
It is time the LGBTQ+ coalition changed its strategy on the continent.
Nigeria
When Disability Meets Privilege
Authorities in Nigeria squander an opportunity to make a statement about human dignity and genuine social inclusion.
Humanitarian Intervention
When Non-Intervention Becomes a Dogma
Sometimes the only thing worse than foreign intervention is non-intervention.
  • Nigeria
    The Ride of Their Lives
    More than a mere automobile, the sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Nigeria is rich in social meaning.
  • Religion
    A King and His Subjects
    The relationship between a Nigerian pastor on death row and his congregation offers a timely glimpse into the nature of devotion and social obedience across African Pentecostal churches. 
  • Chad
    Chad’s “Democratic” Transition
    In assessing Chad’s upcoming elections, the junta’s actions should speak louder than their words.    
  • Guinea
    Guinea’s Junta Feels the Heat
    As external actors seem to lessen pressure on West Africa’s juntas, Guineans register their discontent with military governance.
  • Nigeria
    The Case Against Military Rule
    Nigeria needs a change of direction, not a change of government.  
  • Nigeria
    A Tragedy Sixty-Four Years in the Making
    The crisis in Nigeria offers a rare opportunity to rethink the moral foundations of the Nigerian state.
  • Sudan
    United States Lacks Strategic Clarity on the Horn of Africa
    The recent flurry of congressional and executive attention on Sudan needs to be married to a long-term strategy toward the Horn of Africa.