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June 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
Of Questionable Connectivity: China’s BRI and Thai Civil Society

Benjamin Zawacki is a senior program specialist with the Asia Foundation’s office in Thailand, focused on regional security and cooperation, and the author of Thailand: Shifting Ground between the US…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (C) and Wang Xiaotao (C-L), a representative of the Chinese government, take part during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

June 7, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 29–June 4

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 29 to June 4, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

June 4, 2021

South Africa
South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, and Ace Magashule From 30,000 Feet

The African National Congress (ANC), the party which has dominated government since the end of apartheid in 1994, is a mélange of democratic and "liberation" assumptions and procedures. Once multiracial, the ANC is now largely a Black political party. During the 2009–2018 presidency of Jacob Zuma, it became deeply ensnarled in corruption and steadily lost the support of the electorate. Zuma is widely regarded as personally corrupt. Cyril Ramaphosa, a close associate of Nelson Mandela, campaigned within the party to unseat Zuma and clean up the corruption, not least to stimulate foreign and domestic investment in the economy.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and former President Jacob Zuma, both wearing yellow shirts with black and green stripes, cut a cake together. Several others stand around them wearing shirts of the same coloring.

June 3, 2021

Tibet
The Question of Tibet-Xinjiang Equivalence: China's Recent Policies in Its Far West

Tenzin Dorjee is a Senior Researcher and Strategist at the Tibet Action Institute and a PhD candidate at Columbia University. In a post published on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Unbound …

Paramilitary police officers swap positions during a change of guard in front of Potala Palace in Lhasa on October 15, 2020.

June 3, 2021

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Africa at the Center of Twenty-First-Century Demographic Shift

Nowhere is the African demographic boom more obvious than in Nigeria, where the current population of 219 million, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) World Factbook most recent estimate, is projected to increase to around 400 million by 2050, at which point it will likely displace the United States as the third largest country in the world by population. By the end of the century, some credibly project that Nigeria’s population will be greater than China's, where the birth-rate fall has been especially dramatic, leaving it second to only India in populational globally.

A man and his two children sit and speak to a woman wearing a bright orange vest and holding a smartphone who is working as an enumerator for the Kenyan Census.

June 1, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 22–28

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 22 to May 28, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

May 28, 2021

United States
Remembering Those Whom Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return hom…

Memorial Day

May 28, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Push for a Global Clean Energy Transition Can Start in Africa

The new US Climate Finance Plan aims to double contributions to climate funding for developing countries. A renewed emphasis on emerging economies is good news for the climate -- but in presenting support as “protecting the world’s poorest” and helping “communities in need,” the Plan reflects old thinking. 

Kenya's Energy Minister Charles Keter addresses engineers at the power substation of the Lake Turkana Wind Power project (LTWP) in Loiyangalani district, Marsabit County, northern Kenya, September 4, 2018.

May 27, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

May 27, 2021

Nigeria
Islamic State in West Africa Now Dominates in Northeast Nigeria

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) has announced that it has replaced Abubakar Shekau with Abu Musab al-Barnawi. Abu Musab "takes over all territories that were under Shekau. The immediate replacement of Shekau was a major revenge against the former Boko Haram leader that exhibited ‘highhandedness and ruthlessness’ against humanity in the Northeast." The announcement also included that ISWA had arrested thirty top commanders that were loyal to Shekau.

An image of an Islamic State flag.