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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 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 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.”

July 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 23–June 29

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between June 23 and June 29.

June 29, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Falmata-Abubakar-Shekau-Boko-Haram-Mother Mother of Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Speaks About Her Son

The interview—Falmata’s first—took place in the village of Shekau in Yobe state. VOA notes the village’s isolation and how villagers avoid mentioning it is the birthplace of Abubakar Shekau.

June 28, 2018

South Africa
Swaziland-Reed-Dance-Tradition-Africa Modernity and Tradition Clash in South African Reed Dance

The clash between the modern and the traditional is illustrated by the “reed dance.” Performed by “maidens” in the semi-nude, it is widespread among the Ndebele people, including Xhosas and Zulus, in southern Africa. It is perhaps best known in Swaziland, where the king chooses a new wife every year following the annual reed dance.