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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.

May 21, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 12 - May 18

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between May 12 and May 18.

October 25, 2017

Singapore
Play Lee Hsien Loong A Conversation With Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong discusses U.S.-Singapore bilateral relations as well as strategic challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific. 

May 18, 2018

Niger
Niger-La-David-Johnson-Tongo-Tongo-Funeral U.S. Taking Steps to Reduce Vulnerability in Africa in Wake of Tongo Tongo Ambush

AFRICOM is taking these steps following an extensive investigation of the ambush and death of four U.S. troops in western Niger in October 2017. Coming out of the investigation is public acknowledgement for the first time that there were ten additional attacks on U.S. troops in West Africa from 2015 to 2017.

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 15, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Ungoverened-Spaces-Farmer-Herder-Bandits-Reprisal Terrorists Are Not the Only Ones Exploiting Ungoverned Spaces Across Nigeria

There has been a wave of recent killings in the Middle Belt and in northwestern Nigeria, regions where Boko Haram does not routinely operate. The killings are either the result of quarrels over land use, often referred to as “herder-farmer conflicts”, of cattle rustling and other criminal activity, and reprisal attacks.

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.

April 11, 2018

Americas
A woman holds a Venezuelan national flag reading 'OAS don't leave us alone in the fight' during a march towards the OAS headquarters in Caracas in 2017 after the 47th OAS General Assembly The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy, but it has been hesitant to censure member states for violating democratic principles.

May 14, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 5 - May 11

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between May 5 and May 11.

May 10, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Land-Reform-Urban-Slums "Land Reform" Distracts From Poverty Alleviation in South Africa

Much of the political discourse in South Africa surrounding the subject is largely irrelevant to the kind of land reform demanded by much of the public.