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October 10, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Ethnic Yazidis flee the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq. How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Trump’s executive orders on immigration have sparked debate over the national security implications of its refugee pr…

February 13, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-President-Zuma-Resign-No-Confidence Timeline: Zuma's Departure Draws Nearer

The timeline indicates that the ANC “recalled” Zuma (directed him to resign the presidency) on February 13, and that he has refused. Now he faces a vote of no-confidence in parliament or possible impeachment.

October 27, 2017

Immigration and Migration
U.S. Border Patrol Agent/Checkpoint The Big Lie: Does DHS Really Have to Deport a Ten-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy?

President Donald Trump’s flexibility with facts is so often on display that it can become exhausting just trying to correct all the misinformation coming out of his administration. But I have a nomin…

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 24, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Obasanjo-Politics-Coalition-Movement Former President Obasanjo Excoriates Nigeria's Politics, Proposes New Path

Obasanjo’s statement is significant for its apparently clear-eyed assessment of the current state of Nigerian governance, as well as its harsh criticism of his successors, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. It is also indicative of the widespread reassessment of Nigeria’s political institutions now underway across the country.

January 8, 2018

Southeast Asia
Wang Yi_Murray McCully_01.18.2016 As China Extends Its Influence Abroad, When Does Influence Become Interference?

Over the past six months, debates have grown in Australia and New Zealand about whether China is wielding more political influence within their borders than at any time in recent memory. In September…

January 16, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Trump-Africa-Shithole-Foreign-Policy-China-Russia African Anger Builds Over President Trump’s Racist Comments

His racist and anti-African rhetoric is likely to strengthen the hand of those in Africa that would see their countries turn away from the West and towards more authoritarian governments, like those of Russia and China.

January 12, 2018

United States
President-Trump-Immigration-Dreamers-Africa-Nigeria President Trump Attacks African and Haitian Immigration to the United States

During a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress on immigration matters on January 11, President Donald Trump asked why the United States should accept immigrants from Haiti and African states, which he characterized as “shithole countries.”

November 5, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Men sing and dance as they celebrate referendum results in Abyei October 31, 2013. Does “Africa” Exist?

Simon Kuper has published a thoughtful piece in the Financial Times that argues the word "Africa” has “lost what meaning it ever had and should be binned.” He argues that in 1969 (the year he was bor…

February 20, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 10 - February 16

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between February 10 to February 16, 2018.