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June 17, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 8–14

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 8 to 14, 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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March 3, 2019

North Korea
The Hanoi Summit: Comparing Trump to Reagan at Reykjavik Is Wrong

President Trump’s walk away from his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being compared to President Reagan’s walk away from the 1986 Reykjavik summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev …

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June 19, 2019

Nigeria
Amnesty Sets Agenda to Address Nigeria's Human Rights Violations

On the occasion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second inauguration, Amnesty International has issued a report, “Nigeria: Human Rights Agenda,” a twenty-page indictment of human rights violations by ”state and non-state actors,” but with the emphasis on the state security services. It calls on the Buhari administration to address perennial human rights abuses and makes specific recommendations as to what needs to be done. 

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June 12, 2019

South Korea
The Trilateralism Dilemma

Promoting greater trilateral cooperation between the U.S.-South Korea and U.S.-Japan alliances would bring Northeast Asia closer to the North Atlantic model of collective defense, but doing so comes …

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June 14, 2019

Nigeria
Distinguished Nigerian Ambassador Elected President of UNGA

On June 4, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Ambassador Tijani Muhammad-Bande its president for the 2019–2020 term. The presidency rotates between representatives of the five regional groups in …

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June 13, 2019

Boko Haram
New Audio Offers Potential Window Into ISWA Decision-Making

Abdulbasit Kassim, leading Boko Haram scholar, recently discovered a thirty-eight-minute recording of a purported Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) communique. I translated it from the original Kanuri. It provides a particular version and explanation of ISWA's immediate history, and sheds light on why the group executed Mamman Nur, one of the Boko Haram’s founding fathers and an influential ideologue, its internal decision-making, and ISWA’s relationship with the Islamic State (IS). It is not clear, however, the extent to which what is described in the audio is true to what actually happened. 

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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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June 12, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 1–7

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 1 to 7, 2019.

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

June 10, 2019

Trade
African Continental Free Trade Area: A New Horizon For Trade in Africa

Kanzanira Thorington is a research associate with the digital and cyberspace policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. On May 30, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) of…

A worker is seen at a Highveld Steel plant in Middleburg, South Africa June 6, 2017.