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April 28, 2017

Nigeria
Lake Chad Oslo final International Inaction and Famine in the Lake Chad Basin

Peter Lundberg, United Nations (UN) Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, stated on April 25 that the aid organizations working in northeast Nigeria will run out of cash by June if pledges mad…

September 1, 2001

Political History and Theory
The Real and the Ideal

Idealism and the pursuit of power are more closely linked than the liberal or realist traditions would have us believe. Foreign policy should be built on the principles of decency, mutual respect for…

February 8, 2018

China
China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

March 3, 2017

Nigeria
Podcast People wash clothes in a dry riverbed in Maroua, Cameroon The Lake Chad Crisis

In this episode of the Africa in Transition Podcast series John Campbell is joined by the International Crisis Group’s Nnamdi Obasi, Hans De Marie Heungoup, and EJ Hogendoorn. The group discusses the…

February 2, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Somalia-al-Shabaab-Africa-militant-terrorist Mapping Islamist Terrorist Incidents in Africa for 2017

The decline in total fatalities owes much to the decline in fatalities caused by Boko Haram, which nevertheless remains the most deadly terrorist operation in sub-Saharan Africa, and shows the groups continuing resiliency despite numerous protestations to the contrary by the Nigerian military.

January 19, 2018

Southeast Asia
Aung San Suu Kyi_12.1.2018 The Rakhine State Crisis—and Myanmar’s Other Severe Problems

The ongoing crisis in Rakhine State, where the Myanmar armed forces have credibly been accused of ethnic cleansing and where the Myanmar military recently admitted that the security forces were invol…

January 19, 2018

Olympics
Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Royce-Africa-Powell-Congress Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

January 8, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 30 - January 5

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between December 30 to January 5.

January 3, 2018

North Korea
A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea. What to Know About the Sanctions on North Korea

North Korea continues to endure economic sanctions, suggesting that enforcement has not been strong enough to pressure Pyongyang into negotiations on its nuclear program.