June 14, 2018West Africa
While Belmokhtar is most often associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), he also has close ties with other Islamist groups.
June 18, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between June 9 and June 15.
May 22, 2018South Africa
While on the UN Security Council, South Africa is likely to adopt positions on issues ranging from Iran to Palestine and Israel that will be opposed by the Trump administration. There are also tariff and trade issues that will set back the relationship.
June 15, 2018Nigeria
In a country with a still-developing sense of national identity, and with many regional ethnic, and religious cleavages, the Super Eagles are a strong—perhaps the strongest—symbol of national unity.
May 7, 2018Global
The Report Card on International Cooperation gives a dismal C- to international efforts to mitigate the world’s most pressing problems in 2017, the same grade given for 2016. The Council of Councils—…
May 18, 2018Niger
AFRICOM is taking these steps following an extensive investigation of the ambush and death of four U.S. troops in western Niger in October 2017. Coming out of the investigation is public acknowledgement for the first time that there were ten additional attacks on U.S. troops in West Africa from 2015 to 2017.
June 13, 2018South Africa
There are signs that South Africans are reverting to the non-payment of taxes. The Treasury estimates that half of the revenue shortfall in 2017 resulted from personal income taxes that the government had budgeted for but were not paid. In the short term, the revenue short fall is compelling Ramaphosa to raise the VAT.