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April 5, 2017

China
China Trump Xi Mar-a-Lago U.S. Summit A Note to President Trump: What NOT to Do in Mar-a-Lago

There are many people who have ideas about what should happen at the Xi-Trump summit. Almost as important, however, is what should not happen. Here are my suggestions for the top five things Presiden…

July 9, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
An aerial view shows the central business district in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, April 7, 2009. Lagos a Success Story?

In a celebration of Lagos and African urbanization, the Financial Times ran a piece by Xan Rice highlighting Nigeria’s commercial capital’s size, its economic importance, and its government’s energy …

September 1, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
RTXDQV5 Boko Haram Turns to Lagos

Lagos, one of the largest cities in the world and the heart of Nigeria’s modern economy, has not been the venue for Boko Haram or other radical jihadi terrorism. The sole episode occurred in 2014 and…

December 26, 2017

Nigeria
Nigeria-Security-Tracker-Boko-Haram-Terrorism Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 16 to December 22

This update represents violence in Nigeria and violence related to Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between December 16 to December 22.

January 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Independence-Day-Lagos Lord Lugard Created Nigeria 104 Years Ago

Lord Frederick Lugard, in a bid to simplify his colonial duties and subsidize his northern territory with his south territory, signed a piece of paper on January 1, 1914 and created the political space that is Nigeria.

October 18, 2017

Nigeria
Ojukwu-Funeral-Nigeria-Biafra What's in a Name? For the Nigerian Civil War, Everything

Wars associated with secessionist movements often have multiple names, some are associated with the secessionists, others with the country from which the secessionists are trying to secede. The parti…

September 25, 2017

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Boko Haram Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 16 - September 22

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from September 16 to September 22, 2017. This update also represents violence relat…

September 8, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Senator-Coons-West-Africa-CODEL Senator Coons on U.S.-Africa Relationship

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) visited Nigeria at the end of August, leading a bipartisan and bicameral Congressional delegation (CODEL). During that trip, the Senator delivered an important speech in Lagos…

August 16, 2017

Nigeria
Nigerian Stock Exchange Silicon Valley, Silicon Allee, and…Silicon Lagoon?

Sabriyya Pate is the Franklin Williams Intern with the Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The United States has Silicon Valley, Germany has Silicon Allee…

January 8, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
People sit and trade under a bridge at the Orile-Iganmu district of Lagos August 29, 2013 Could Lagos Be a Model for the Developing World?

Seth D. Kaplan, writing in the opinion pages of the January 7 New York Times, observes that by 2015, half the world’s population living on less than $1.25 a day will reside in fragile states. These p…