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September 6, 2018

Nigeria
Teaching Notes for Nigeria by John Campbell and Matthew T. Page Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know

Teaching Notes for Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know, written by John Campbell, in which he provides an accessible, one-of-a-kind overview of Nigeria.

September 6, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Trump-Buhari-Lifeless-Meeting A Months-Old Trump Insult of Buhari Surfaces Prior to Kenyatta Visit

On August 27, the Financial Times reported that, after President Trump met with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in April, the American president said that he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again. The Financial Times says it had three sources for the story, but does not identify them. Sahara Reporters, a credible Nigerian diaspora publication based in New York, picked up the story. It went viral in Nigeria.

September 5, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 25–31

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between August 25 and August 31.

August 29, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 18–24

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between August 18 and August 24.

August 27, 2018

Kenya
Kenya-Kenyatta-President-Visit Kenyatta Visits Trump in Reciprocal Charm Offensive

President Donald Trump will receive President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya in Washington, D.C. today, the second African chief of state to make a bilateral visit since becoming president in 2016. The conversation will reportedly focus on trade and investment—the reason for Kenyatta’s visit to the United States—and security issues with a focus on Somalia. 

August 23, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Trump-Tweet-President-Land-Reform President Trump Gets South African Land Reform Wrong

President Trump tweeted on August 22 that he has directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures” and the “large scale killing of farmers.” In his tweet, the president quoted Fox News host Tucker Carlson that “South African government is now seizing land from white farmers.”

August 22, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-National-Assembly-DSS-Siege Political Turmoil in Nigeria

These are unsettled times in Nigerian politics. On August 7, masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), secret police, barricaded the national assembly in Abuja, preventing access by legislators. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo proceeded to fire DSS chief Lawal Daura and later placed him under house arrest.

August 21, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
US-Melania-Trump-Africa-First-Lady-Trip U.S. First Lady Melania Trump to Visit Africa

On the margins of her speech on abusive use of social media, First Lady Melania Trump’s office announced that she will be making a trip alone to Africa in the coming autumn.

August 20, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 11 – August 17

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between August 11 and August 17.

September 18, 2018

United States
Air Force Birthday 2018 The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …