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

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The Capitol is seen behind a fence and a sign, in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2021. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Dear America: The Rest of The World is Watching

Nkasi Wodu is a lawyer, peacebuilding practitioner, and development expert based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Read More

Coronavirus
Resurgence of COVID-19 in Africa
It was long expected that Africa, with its weak public health infrastructure and the impoverishment of its population, would face particular disaster with the outbreak of COVID-19. It arrived later t…
Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 19–25
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from December 19 to December 25, 2020. This update also represents violence related…
Nigeria
Darkness in Northern Nigeria
There are signs that as the Nigerian army and the police continue to fail to meet the security needs of the Nigerian people, they will turn toward repression. In November, Chief of Army Staff Tukur B…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 12–18
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from December 12 to December 18, 2020. This update also represents violence related…
  • Nigeria
    Release of Nigerian School Boys: Questions and Hypotheses
    The freeing of perhaps 344 boys kidnapped from a boarding school at Kankara in Katsina state is unalloyed good news. However, the foiled attempt to kidnap another eighty school children, at Dandume i…
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
    Power-sharing Agreement Breaks Down in DRC
    When Félix Tshisekedi assumed power in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the start of 2019, he did so not because of the will of the voters (who apparently favored a different candidate), bu…
  • Nigeria
    Amnesty International and Nigerian Civilian Deaths in Military Custody
    On December 8, Amnesty stated that at least ten thousand civilians have died in Nigerian military custody since 2011. The report cites Giwa Barracks, a particularly sordid prison in Maiduguri. Previo…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria's Unitary Federalism
    Nkasi Wodu is a lawyer, peacebuilding practitioner, and development expert based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. In May 1966, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, Nigeria’s first military head of state—also …
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Schoolboy Kidnapping Likely Criminal, Not Boko Haram
    The kidnapping of hundreds of schoolboys from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, located in Nigeria's northwestern Katsina state, recalls Boko Haram's 2014 kidnapping of Chibok schoo…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 5–11
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from December 5 to December 11, 2020. This update also represents violence related …