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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: August 1-7

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from August 1 to 7, 2020. 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 Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 11–17
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from July 11 to 17, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Hara…
Nigeria
Mixed Results in Evaluation of Multinational Effort Against Boko Haram
International Crisis Group, a well-regarded NGO, has issued a thoughtful evaluation of the effort by Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, and Niger to coordinate their military efforts against Boko Haram in the …
  • South Africa
    Ramaphosa Reimposes COVID-19 Restrictions in South Africa
    In a nationwide broadcast on July 12, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he was reimposing the ban on alcohol and a curfew. Both measures were imposed earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic and were …
  • Nigeria
    The Prospect of Local Policing Amid Security Breakdown in Nigeria
    Personal security is rapidly deteriorating in Nigeria. There is the Boko Haram insurrection in the northeast, unrest in the southern oil patch, and conflict over water and land in the middle of the c…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 4–10
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from July 4 to 10, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram…
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian Army Statements Bely Facts on the Ground in Northeast
    Nigerian army spokesmen have announced a series of successes against Boko Haram and that terrorism had been significantly weakened in the Lake Chad Basin. But such announcements lack credibility.    …
  • Demonstrations and Protests
    Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine a Light on Local Police Brutality
    The African media has closely followed the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, almost always in solidarity with the protesters. Especially among African human rights groups, the America…
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    How to Think About Africa’s “Rising Middle Class” Amid COVID-19
    Conventional wisdom is that Africa's rising middle class is the engine for economic and social development, that its trajectory has been positive, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously comprom…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 27–July 3
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 27 to July 3, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko …