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April 4, 2019

Nigeria
Former Director General of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency Arrested

On February 7,  the Federal High Court in Lagos issued a warrant for the arrest of Ayodele Oke, former director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and his wife Folasade following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Just before they were due to appear in court, they apparently left the country for "medical treatment," and the Nigeria media is not reporting where they are now. The EFCC has declared the couple wanted after their failure to respond to a court summons. 

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December 11, 2018

South Africa
South Africa's New Director of Public Prosecutions

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa selected Shamila Batohi to the new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) for a single ten-year term. As NDPP, Batohi will head the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which, as its name implies, determines who to prosecute and who not to prosecute on behalf of the state. 

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May 16, 2019

Trade
Trump’s Trade War Unimportant in Grand Scheme of Things

Experts from the Council of Councils grade international cooperation on global trade a middling C in 2018, rank it one of the lowest priorities on the global agenda, and are only somewhat optimistic …

Workers are seen on scaffolding at a construction site in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China, on January 1, 2019.

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May 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Implications of Duterte’s Midterm Victory

Although in his first three years in office President Rodrigo Duterte has proven divisive internationally, this week’s midterm elections show that he retains enormous power over Philippine politics. …

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May 16, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Government Accuses Jonathan of Accepting Bribes While President

In a court case in London involving international oil companies and the oil block designated OPL 245—thought to be one of the largest untapped reserves in Africa—lawyers for the Nigerian government accused Jonathan and Alison-Madueke with plotting to “receive bribes and make a secret profit.”

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May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

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May 8, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick The coronation of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, held last weekend, was the first crowning of a Thai sovereign since that of his father, the late…

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April 29, 2019

Southeast Asia
Last Days of the Mighty Mekong: A Review

By Nicholas Borroz The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong, by Brian Eyler, director of the Southeast Asia program at the Stimson Center, takes the reader on a journey from glaciers in China to rice fi…

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April 25, 2019

Cybersecurity
The Overlooked Military Implications of the 5G Debate

Much attention has been paid to the economic and espionage implications of a Chinese lead in developing and operating 5G infrastructure, but the military implications remain largely overlooked.

A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China September 28, 2018.