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November 13, 2018

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Pairing AI and Nukes Will Lead to Our Autonomous Doomsday

As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which transformed how wars are fought and won, the world again stands on the precipice of a dramatic revolution in warfare, this one…

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December 7, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Police Are in Desperate Need of Reform

There are numerous proposals for police reform in Nigeria. One such reform, which has the support of some governors, is the creation of state police forces to replace or augment the NPF. In the north, vigilante groups, most notably members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, have an established presence in their communities and can be effective instruments of law enforcement, though they are not entirely accountable.

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December 6, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Struggling to Cope With Rising Natural Disasters

In Nigeria, the devastating effects of climate change are in full view. Sea levels in the Gulf of Guinea are rising at one of the world’s fastest rates, a new University of Maryland study shows that the Sahara has expanded about 10 percent since 1920, and natural disasters appear to be on the rise. In 2017, flooding affected an estimated 250,000 Nigerians; in 2016, 92,000 were displaced. At the other end of the climate spectrum, up to 40 percent of the country’s land area is estimated now to be subject to periodic draught. 

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December 5, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria's National Kidnapping Crisis Is Expanding

Nigerians are especially concerned about the upsurge in kidnapping, which affects an increasingly wide spectrum of the Nigerian population. In the past, kidnapping mostly occurred in the south and west of the country, but now, it has become national epidemic. Boko Haram, for example, made headlines in April 2014 when it kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, 112 of whom remain captive.

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August 28, 2018

United States
Scoop Jackson and John McCain

In the course of my career I've had the great privilege of working for Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson and knowing John McCain, two of the most consequential senators of the last seventy-five years. And the…

December 4, 2018

South Africa
Mandela Anniversaries Marked by Star-Studded Global Citizen Fundraiser

At the huge FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on December 2, more than one hundred thousand people participated in the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, sponsored by the Motsepe Foundation. The event raised some $7 billion in commitments for the relief of poverty across the African continent, from big corporations, governments, and small donors. Performers included Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Usher, and speakers included a variety of South African political, economic, and traditional leaders, as well as Mandela’s family. In the audience was Oprah, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and numerous other heads of state. The event was hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah.

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December 3, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 24–30

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between November 24 to 30.

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December 1, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker, an effort to catalog and map political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. The data presented includes …

November 30, 2018

Niger
Recent Boko Haram Attacks Along Nigeria-Niger Border

Niger officials have announced that Boko Haram kidnapped eighteen girls from two villages, Blaharde and Bague, on November 24. The Blaharde and Bague kidnapping followed the November 22 killing of seven employees of the French drilling company Foraco at the village of Toumour, Niger.

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November 29, 2018

Nigeria
President Buhari Responds to Recent Military Setbacks

On November 28, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited soldiers and a military hospital in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. His visit was in conjunction with the 2018 chief of army staff’s annual conference.

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