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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.

July 10, 2018

Afghanistan
Ambassador Mohib with the Afghan Girls' Robotics Team. Champions for Change: Afghan Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. This interview features Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan Ambassador to the United States. 

January 18, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa-Trump-Ambassador-Letter-Shithole Former U.S. Ambassadors to Africa Protest President Trump’s Remarks

Seventy-eight former U.S. ambassadors to African countries (including me) have signed a public letter to the president asking him to "reassess" his views on Africa and its citizens.

August 16, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon-Francophone-Anglophone-Separatism-Ambazonia Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon was Decades in the Making

The Anglophone crisis in southwestern Cameroon is getting worse, and outside observers are beginning to notice. According to Amnesty International, “alarm bells are ringing” in Congress over Cameroon, and on July 31, Karen Pierce, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, tweeted that there is “lots of interest” in the crisis among UN representatives in New York.

August 14, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Osinbajo-Buhari-President-Election Osinbajo Remains Buhari's Running Mate for Nigerian Election

Domestic and international observers generally see Osinbajo as highly competent and his tenure as vice president a success. The Lagos business community, highly critical of Buhari’s economic policies, will welcome the prospect that Osinbajo will continue as vice president. He has been generally lauded for his role as acting president during Buhari's absences, most recently for his handling of a blockade of the national assembly by certain members of the security services. 

August 13, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 4–August 10

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between August 4 and August 10.

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.”

August 8, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Constitution-Land-Reform-Expropriation Despite Land Reform, South Africa Is not Becoming Zimbabwe or Venezuela 

The ANC's proposed legislation would clarify the constitutional provisions that already provide for the government to take ownership of land, but not expand them. Ramaphosa and the ANC acknowledge that the constitution’s property clause already “enables the state to effect expropriation of land with just and equitable compensation and also expropriation without compensation in the public interest.”

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.

August 9, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Damasak-Mosque Boko Haram Faction Releases Book on History and Ideology

The book likely represents the public views of one of Yusuf’s sons and the current ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who became very close to Abubakar Shekau after the former’s father was killed in 2009.