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June 5, 2018

Military Operations
Niger-Senegal-Flintlock-U.S.-Special-Forces-Africa U.S. Military Presence in Sub-Saharan Africa Will Likely Decline

In the context of the “war on terror,” many American friends of sub-Saharan Africa’s have been concerned that Washington has been tilting away from supporting the continent’s economic, social, and po…

June 4, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 26 - June 1

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between May 26 and June 1.

June 1, 2018

Niger
Niger-Flintlock-US-military-ISIS The Islamic State "Presence" in the Sahel Is More Complicated Than Affiliates Suggest

The name of the organization conjures association with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but caution is required. Evidence that the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara is somehow an extension of the Islamic State in the Middle East or even in Libya is sparse.

May 31, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Buhari-Corruption-EFCC Nigeria Sees More High Level Corruption Convictions Under Buhari

Fighting corruption was one of two planks in Muhammadu Buhari’s successful campaign for the presidency in 2015. He has made recovery of stolen Nigerian assets parked abroad a theme of his dialogue with other leaders, including President Donald Trump.

May 29, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 19 - May 25

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between May 19 and May 25.

May 30, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Biafra-Separatism-Igbo-Africa Perpetual Separatism in Nigeria Needs to Be Addressed

Unless the Nigerian government takes some form of action to understand the concerns of the Igbo ethnic group, it risks the perpetual agitation for an independent Biafra.

May 25, 2018

Cape Verde
Africa-Migrants-Sea-Refugee West African Migrants Arrive in Brazil After Weeks Adrift at Sea

A group of twenty-five African migrants attempted to sail in a catamaran from the West African archipelago of Cape Verde to northeastern Brazil, a distance of less than two thousand miles.

May 24, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Attacks-Maiduguri Boko Haram Faction Reportedly Collecting "Taxes" in Northeast Nigeria

The al-Barnawi faction has reportedly sought to win the people of the Lake Chad basin over by creating an economy—which can then be taxed—by providing certain incentives and financial and material support.

May 23, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Aliko-Dangote-Africa-Richest-Person Nigeria's Dangote, Africa's Richest Person, Became Rich at Home

Outside of business and financial circles, Dangote is not well known in the United States. Perhaps that is largely because his business interests—banking, cement, sugar, salt, agriculture, and manufacturing—are centered in Nigeria and Africa rather than overseas.

May 22, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-US-Relations-Bad U.S.-South Africa Bilateral Relationship Faces Difficult Road Ahead

While on the UN Security Council, South Africa is likely to adopt positions on issues ranging from Iran to Palestine and Israel that will be opposed by the Trump administration. There are also tariff and trade issues that will set back the relationship.