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March 23, 2018

United States
John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland on February 24, 2017. John Bolton, Sovereignty Warrior

The president has selected the nation’s premier champion of a narrow, defensive, and ultimately self-defeating approach to the U.S. role in the world.

June 15, 2018

Afghanistan
People take part in morning prayers in Kabul Afghan Cease-fires Could Pave Path to Peace

Overlapping, temporary ceasefires by the Afghan government, U.S.-led NATO forces, and the Taliban are signs that there is room to move toward a political dialogue to end the conflict.  

August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko-Haram-Chibok-Girls-Nigeria Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

June 14, 2018

West Africa
West-Africa-Algeria-Mali-Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Terrorism Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive

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, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 9–June 15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between June 9 and June 15.

May 22, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-US-Relations-Bad U.S.-South Africa Bilateral Relationship Faces Difficult Road Ahead

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, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Super-Eagles-Soccer-World-Cup Nigeria's Fashionable Super Eagles Are an Important Symbol of National Identity

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, 2018

Global
International Cooperation Gets a Low Grade from Global Think Tank Leaders for the Second Year in a Row

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, 2018

Niger
Niger-La-David-Johnson-Tongo-Tongo-Funeral U.S. Taking Steps to Reduce Vulnerability in Africa in Wake of Tongo Tongo Ambush

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, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Jacob-Zuma-Corruption-Tax-Evasion-SARS Zuma’s Corruption Stalls Popular Trust in South African Taxation

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.