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August 24, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Ethiopia’s Civil War, With Michelle Gavin

Michelle Gavin, senior fellow for Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the fighting in northern Ethiopia between federal government forces and regional Tigrayan forces.

Podcast Participants shout slogans during a rally against The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in Addis Ababa on July 22, 2021.

August 2, 2021

News Release
CFR Welcomes Michael C. Horowitz as Senior Fellow for Defense Technology and Innovation

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes Michael C. Horowitz to its David Rockefeller Studies Program as senior fellow for defense technology and innovation. At CFR, Horowitz will primarily re…

September 20, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: U.S. Sanctions Threat Attempts to Change the Equation

Last week, the Biden administration rolled out a new executive order authorizing targeted financial sanctions on those found to be responsible for, or complicit in, exacerbating the conflict in and around the Tigray region or Ethiopia, hindering humanitarian assistance in region, or undermining Ethiopia’s democracy or territorial integrity. In its announcement, the White House was explicit in putting all of the parties to the conflict on notice, underscoring that the sanctions could apply to those in the Ethiopian government, the Eritrean government, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Amhara region’s government and forces.

Several individuals stand in back of an armed truck.

September 21, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 11–17

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 11 to September 17, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

September 15, 2021

Somalia
Somalia’s Ongoing Political Crisis Exposes Fundamental Problem for U.S. Policy

The fragile Somali government is on the brink again, consumed by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (also known as Farmaajo) and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s tussle for control of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA)—a power struggle sharpened by the murder of Ikran Tahlil. Tahlil, who worked for NISA, disappeared this summer.

Protesters hold up a sign with a red "X" drawn across a picture of the Somali president.

September 14, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 4–10

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 4 to September 10, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

September 10, 2021

South Africa
Murder of South African Whistleblower Illustrates Dangerous Status Quo

The murder of Babita Deokaran on August 23 is a tragic example that strains of political violence harnessed by those resisting accountability and transparency persist. Deokaran was a senior financial officer at the Gauteng Department of Health and an important witness in an investigation of corruption within the department; former colleagues believe she was helping authorities link senior political figures to irregular procurement deals and contracts in an organization that is supposed to be committed to public health, not elite enrichment. President Ramaphosa hailed the late whistleblower as “a hero and a patriot.”

A woman walks holding the hand of a child with an armored car and a police vehicle parked behind her. The image is seen through a wall of barbed wire.

August 25, 2021

Kenya
BBI Ruling Leaves Kenya at a Crossroads

On August 20, Kenya’s Court of Appeals upheld a ruling declaring President Kenyatta’s signature political reform project, the Building Bridges Initiative, unconstitutional, altering the course of Kenyan politics one year out from the next general election cycle.

Three Kenyan judges, one sitting below the Kenyan coat of arms, are seen seated wearing judicial garb and medical facemasks.

August 17, 2021

Zambia
Zambian Opposition Stalwart Hichilema Secures Big Win in Presidential Elections

The Zambian people turned out in robust numbers to elect veteran opposition politician Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) their next president, enabling him to comfortably clear the threshold required to avert a run-off.

Hakainde Hichilema, Zambian opposition leader, waves to his supporters while wearing a mask.

August 12, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopia Plunges Deeper Into Conflict

Nine months after fighting erupted in the northern region of Tigray, Ethiopia is going from bad to worse. The conflict has expanded geographically to Afar and Amhara, regions outside of Tigray’s borders, drawing in new combatants as the federal government mobilizes ethnic militia forces from around the country and calls upon “all capable Ethiopians of age” to take up arms and fight.

A rusted tank sits in a rocky area next to a road.