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April 9, 2021

Mozambique
SADC Punts on Mozambique—For the Time Being

On April 8, the leaders of Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe met with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi to consider next steps with respect to the crisis in Cabo Delgado. They decided to s…

Two women sit at a displacement center after fleeing an attack by Islamic State-linked insurgents.

April 8, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Islamic State and al-Qaeda Linked to African Insurgencies

Violence attributed to Islamist groups has dramatically increased in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade, and continues to infect new venues where it has been absent.

Two soldiers wearing camouflage stand in front of a building, the Kismayo International Airport, with an al Qaeda flag painted on it.

April 7, 2021

Nigeria
Attacks Against Security Facilities Accelerate in Former Biafra

On April 5, gunmen attacked a prison in Owerri, Nigeria, freeing 1,844 inmates. (Owerri, the capital of Imo State, is a major trading center with more than one million residents.) On April 6, “bandits” stormed a police station in Ehime Mbano, also in Imo.

A picture of a prison with walls covered in ash and a torched car outside.

April 6, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will the JCPOA Negotiations Abandon American Hostages in Iran?

Lifting sanctions without gaining freedom for American hostages--again.

April 6, 2021

Mozambique
Foreign Involvement Growing in Mozambique Counterinsurgency

Jihadi attacks in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province are accelerating, with heavy fighting breaking out around the town of Palma. In response, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa sent South African troops to evacuate South African nationals.

Soldiers stand in front of a crowd of people awaiting the arrival of a ship carrying people fleeing jihadi violence in northern Mozambique.

April 5, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 27–April 2

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 27 to April 2, 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.

April 1, 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

April 1, 2021

Tanzania
Interview: Tundu Lissu on Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the Role of the West in Democratization

Tundu Lissu, in an interview, comments on expectations for President Samia Suluhu Hassan, a Zanzibar native who was sworn in following former President John Magufuli’s death as Tanzania’s sixth—and first female—president.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan inspects a guard of honor after being sworn in as president.

March 31, 2021

Ivory Coast
Concern Grows About Jihadi Activity in Ivory Coast

In the early hours of March 29, an estimated sixty gunmen attacked two small military installations in Kafolo and Kolobougou, both located in Ivory Coast on the border with Burkina Faso.

Two soldiers are seen from the rear saluting a coffin of a soldier, with the Ivory Coast flag draped over top, being carried by several members of Ivory Coast's military.

March 30, 2021

Tanzania
Interview: Tundu Lissu Discusses the Need for Constitutional Reform in Tanzania

Tundu Lissu, a member of the opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), has spent his political career, which includes a ten-year stint in parliament, fighting for a more accountable polity in sub-Saharan Africa's fourth most populous country

Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu prepares to board a helicopter.