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May 2, 2018

Donald Trump
Buhari-Trump-White-House-Nigeria-USA Buhari's Visit to Washington a Small Win for President Trump

Unlike the recent visits of French President Emmanuel Macron, who criticized Trump’s policies before a joint session of Congress, or German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who continues to be critical of a range of Trump’s polices, Buhari praised Trump in ways that will be pleasing to him and his base. 

April 18, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Emir-Kano-Sanusi-II Traditional Rulers Hold Real Power in Nigeria

Emir Muhammed Sanusi is more than a traditional religious leader and he enjoys much greater influence than do Indian maharajas today.

January 27, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Salafi Nigeria Salafism in Northern Nigeria Beyond Boko Haram

This is a guest post by Alex Thurston. Alex is the author of  Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics, and is an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Ser…

December 2, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
biafra-massacre Nigerian Military Massacres Civilians – Again

Amnesty International has published a report claiming that the Nigerian military killed some 150 pro-Biafra demonstrators between August 2015 and August 2016. Amnesty analyzed 87 videos, 122 photogra…

August 11, 2016

Nigeria
Boko Haram’s Factional Feud Boko Haram’s Factional Feud

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn. Jacob is a fellow of African affairs at The Jamestown Foundation in Washington DC. Since Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to self-proclaimed I…

April 29, 2016

Development
Yazidi-woman_RTX1LE8V Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering April 22 to April 29, was compiled with s…

December 16, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Buhari Khamenei Tehran Meet “Massacre” of Shia in Northern Nigeria an Opening for Iran

Africa watchers have been focused of late on Burundi. On December 12, however, their attention was drawn back to Nigeria. The Nigerian army killed a number of Shia Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna state. Thi…

October 3, 2015

Afghanistan
Blog 1 Kunduz Airstrike and Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

This blog post updated an earlier post, and was again coauthored with my research associate, Amelia M. Wolf. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported that its hospital in Kun…

June 10, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Cross Boko Haram Factions Divided over Loyalty to the Islamic State

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn, an analyst of African Affairs for the The Jamestown Foundation. On June 2, Boko Haram released a new video called "Arrival of the Soldiers of the Caliphate in Wes…