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December 13, 2017

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Military-General-Removed Nigerian General Leading the Fight Against Boko Haram is Replaced

The Nigerian Army announced on December 6 that Major General Rogers Ibe Nicholas is replacing Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as the commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military effort against the jihadist insurgency Boko Haram in what is a positive sign of accountability.

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.

May 24, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18, 2018. A Scorecard for Dr. Tedros as the WHO’s Director-General

Tedros’s first year as Director-General of the WHO demonstrated his vision, leadership, and ability to seize an opportunity for action. However, concerns remain regarding his willingness to balance p…

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 16, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Herdsmen-Killings-Christians Nigerian Catholic and Tiv Leaders Respond to Violence in the Middle Belt

There is now more violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt than in the northeast, where Boko Haram continues its operations. Ostensibly, violence in the Middle Belt is driven by conflict between “herders” and “farmers” over land use, ethnic and religious rivalries, and (likely but hard to prove) the agendas of rival politicians.

May 9, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-President-Buhari-Health Buhari’s Health Reemerging as a Factor in 2019 Nigerian Elections

Buhari will have been in London on medical leave for more than 170 days since he was inaugurated president in 2015. In other words, out of just over one thousand days in office, he will have spent around 15 percent of his time receiving medical treatment abroad.

May 4, 2018

South Africa
UN-Voting-Nikki-Haley UN Voting Report Could Upset U.S.-South Africa Relationship

Ambassador Haley seems to be saying that if a country consistently votes against the United States in the UN, its bilateral U.S. assistance will be in jeopardy. 

May 9, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Catherine Powell with World Bank General Counsel Sandie Okoro. Gender-Based Violence and the Economy: A Conversation with World Bank Group General Counsel Sandie Okoro

Since becoming the World Bank Group General Counsel, Sandie Okoro has supported the World Bank’s initiative to address gender-based violence as part and parcel of economic development.

May 3, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Zakzaky-Abuja-IMN-Protest Nigeria’s Treatment of Shia Minority Recalls That of Boko Haram

Largely overlooked by the Western media, there is an escalating conflict between Nigeria’s Shiite minority, some of whom are organized into the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and Nigeria’s secular government, that recalls Boko Harams treatment in 2009.

May 2, 2018

Donald Trump
Buhari-Trump-White-House-Nigeria-USA Buhari's Visit to Washington a Small Win for President Trump

Unlike the recent visits of French President Emmanuel Macron, who criticized Trump’s policies before a joint session of Congress, or German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who continues to be critical of a range of Trump’s polices, Buhari praised Trump in ways that will be pleasing to him and his base.