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July 18, 2018

Donald Trump
Africa-Trump-Vicious-Violent-Peace-NATO President Trump Wants Peace for “Vicious and Violent” Africa

At a NATO press conference, according to the media, he said, “Africa right now has got problems like few people would even understand,” and “It is so sad. It is so vicious and violent.”

July 17, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-Mandela-De-Klerk Mandela’s Centenary Is Marked by the Rise of Close Friend Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa since January, was a close colleague of Nelson Mandela and regularly associates himself with the Mandela legacy and seeks to restore the late president’s values as South Africa’s lodestar.

July 16, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 7–July 13

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between July 7 and July 13.

July 12, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Bama-Boko-Haram-IDP-Home Nigerian Government Capacity on Display in Disappointing Homecomings

Government-sponsored IDP return to Bama would appear to be premature. But unfinished schools, medical facilities, and housing likely reflect the government’s administrative and bureaucratic capacity shortcomings, rather than a lack of political will or malicious intent.

July 11, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Radio-Brekete-Family-Law-Courts Nigerian Radio Show Offers a Measure of Justice Where the State Does Not

Unable to rely on the state, urban Nigerians are also finding alternative ways to address their grievances. Some are turning to a radio show, “The Bakete Family,” hosted by Ahman Isah and broadcast by Human Rights Radio six days a week from Abuja.

July 10, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa-Peacekeeping-UN-UNSC-Ghana Global Peacekeeping Operations Overwhelmingly African and in Africa

Africa hosts the largest number, with twenty-five missions. For perspective, there were eighteen in Europe, nine in the Middle East, six in Asia, and five in the Western Hemisphere. African peacekeeping accounted for some 75 percent of all peacekeeping personnel.

July 9, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 30–July 6

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between June 30 and July 6.

July 5, 2018

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Kenya-Kibera-Slum-Urbanization-Population-Growth Africa's Rapid Urban Population Growth Is Problematic, but Can Be Managed

A rapidly growing population will create a “demographic dividend,” and urbanization will accelerate economic development, or so the “Africa rising” narrative goes. Given Africa’s lack of basic infrastructure, ranging from roads to hospitals to schools, both propositions are dubious.

July 19, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon-President-Biya-Election-Angolophone-Crisis President Biya of Cameroon Seeking Reelection Amid Controversy

Biya, at eighty-five years old, is seeking a seventh consecutive term that would extend his thirty-six-year rule as Cameroon's president until 2025.

July 3, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Electricity-Power-Diesel Electricity Distribution Is Holding Nigeria Back

Electricity shortages significantly impede Nigeria’s economic growth. Even following reorganization and partial privatization, the national power company—formerly known as the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) PLC—is still referred to by most Nigerians as “Never Expect Power Always, Please Light Candle.”