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July 2, 2019

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, but the bloc’s influence is on the wane as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come to the fore.

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July 1, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 22–28

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 22 to 28, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

July 1, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker is an effort to catalog and map political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. The data presented includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances directed at the state or other affiliative groups (or conversely the state employing violence to respond to those incidents.)

June 28, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Five Years After Kidnapping, Nigeria’s Chibok School Girls Fade From the International Scene

Five years since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female students in Chibok, the kidnapping has largely disappeared from the western public's attention.

Zainabu Mala, mother of Kabu, one of the abducted girls, holds a picture of her daughter on April 12, 2019, in Chibok.

June 27, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s River State Governor Abolishes School Fees

It is widely recognized by Nigerians that a significant barrier to their country’s social and economic development is the limited extent and poor quality of public education, especially at the primar…

Learners from the Bethel Nursery and Primary school leave with books they are borrowing from the in the I-Read mobile library on January 30, 2018.

June 26, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Ramaphosa Highlights Land Reform in State of the Nation Address

In his June 20 state of the nation address to parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa laid out a short-term approach to land reform, including a call for the expropriation of privately owned land without compensation for distribution.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, June 20, 2019

June 25, 2019

Nigeria
The Potential U.S. Ambassadors to Nigeria and South Africa

Nigeria and South Africa have been the two African countries of greatest strategic importance to the United States. They are the two largest economies on the continent, and a major venue for U.S. investment. Historically, the United States and Nigeria have cooperated on African issues of mutual concern.

US Representative to the African Union Mary Beth Leonard looks on during a joint press conference with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and US ambassador to Ethiopia at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, on November 30, 2018

June 24, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Economic Prospects: A Conversation with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Nigerian Vice President Osinbajo discusses Nigeria’s economic recovery, investment and growth opportunities, and the recent general elections.

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June 24, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 15–21

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 15 to 21, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

June 21, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s “Emerging Middle Class” Is Leaving

Many of those who are tech-savvy or have other job qualifications in demand—current or potential members of such a middle class—are leaving. Many seek to raise their families abroad and do not intend to come back. Popular destinations include Canada and Australia, both of which have skills-based immigration programs. Others, for example, deliberately overstay their visas in the United States, which has led to a crackdown on U.S. visas for Nigerians.

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