Blue
Blogs

Africa in Transition

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

Latest Post

A damaged military vehicle is pictured in the northeast town of Gudumbali, after an attack by members of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), Nigeria September 11, 2018. Kolawole Adewale/Reuters

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.    Read More

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 13–19
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 13 to June 19, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko…
Nigeria
ISWA’s Recent Attacks Could Signal a New, Deadlier Approach in Nigeria
Bulama Bukarti is a sub-Saharan Africa analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, based in London, and a PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London. On June 9, a Boko Haram faction ca…
Zimbabwe
The Authoritarian Politics of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe
In the United States and around the world, societies are struggling to balance the sometimes draconian social controls needed to combat a highly contagious infectious disease with the need for limits…
  • Cameroon
    After the Death of Another Journalist, Cameroon Needs Outside Political Mediation
    Maurice Kamto is the leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) and was the main challenger in Cameroon’s 2018 presidential election. He was imprisoned by the government from January to Octobe…
  • United States
    George Floyd’s Murder Revives Anti-Colonialism in Western Europe
    The murder of George Floyd by a policeman and the ensuing protests against racism and police brutality in the United States have ignited similar protests in Europe. Large crowds, especially in the Un…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 6–12
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 6 to June 12, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko …
  • Nigeria
    Bandit and Jihadi Attacks Span Northern Nigeria
    On June 10, an estimated one hundred fifty bandits killed fifteen-seven people across six villages in Katsina state. Thirty-three of the victims were from the village of Kadisau and, according to a r…
  • Burundi
    Pierre Nkurunziza's Death and the Future of Burundi
    The startling death of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza earlier this week raises new questions about the future direction of his country. Nkurunziza’s legacy is not a happy one. After taking …
  • Nigeria
    Massacre in Northern Nigeria Involves Cattle Rustling, Jihadis, and Vigilantes
    According to Nigerian and international media, at least eighty-one people were killed in communities in Gubio local government area (LGA). One of the villages mentioned is Felo. This number was revis…
  • Mali
    French-Led Decapitation Strike on AQIM in Mali
    On June 5, France announced that its forces killed Abdelmalek Droukdel and many in his inner circle. Droukdel was the "emir" or leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The attack took place…