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November 16, 2018

Nigeria
Protecting Nigeria's Elections From Its Political Class

Nigerians will go to the polls for their general election in February 2019. In line with its mandate, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reminded candidates that they are prohibited by law from campaigning before November 18, which marks ninety days before election day for federal offices, which is scheduled for February 16.

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June 27, 2018

Iran
Oil Geopolitics and Iran’s Response

At first glance, last week’s Vienna Group meeting—that is the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) plus non-OPEC producers including Russia—seemed to have resolved some thorny issues…

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh arrives for an OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, June 22, 2018.

November 19, 2018

Defense and Security
Women and the Syrian Peace Process: A Conversation with Mariam Jalabi

Mariam Jalabi, co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and the Syrian National Council’s representative to the United Nations, reflects on Syria’s future and women's participation in the …

Mariam Jalabi, co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and the Syrian National Council’s representative to the United Nations, speaks with CFR's Jamille Bigio.

November 5, 2018

United States
Litigating the Family Separation Policy: A Conversation With Muneer Ahmad

Senior Fellow Catherine Powell hosted a roundtable discussion with Muneer Ahmad, a leading voice and scholar on immigrant rights, on strategies for litigating the Trump administration’s family separa…

Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody near McAllen, Texas. The families were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation.

November 14, 2018

Southeast Asia
The Trump Administration Can Make the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Idea Work in Southeast Asia—With Vietnam as a Model

For many Southeast Asian states, the Trump White House’s new strategy for the region, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept, is a hard idea to sell—at least right now. The strategy vows to promote a…

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October 30, 2018

Nigeria
Shia IMN Protesters Clash With Nigerian Military in Abuja

According to Sahara Reporters, on October 27 the Shia were marching from Suleja to Abuja in preparation for a religious event called Arbaeen Symbolic Trek. The marchers apparently took a route that had not been approved by the security services. When the soldiers and police intervened, marchers responded by throwing rocks. The army and police responded with live ammunition. 

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November 7, 2018

India
Good News and Not-So-Great News: This Week in Economic Ties With India

Earlier this week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that India, along with seven other countries, would receive an exemption from the newly-imposed U.S. sanctions on oil imports from Iran. Thi…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

October 11, 2018

Cameroon
Refugees From Anglophone Cameroon Enter Nigeria, Straining Relations

Fighting between government forces and Anglophone separatist groups, particularly in the country’s North West and South West regions, has killed approximately 400 civilians and displaced some 246,000 people in the South West region alone as of August 2018. 

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October 11, 2018

Afghanistan
Building a Skilled GirlForce: Lessons from Roya Mahboob

On International Day of the Girl, we celebrate Roya Mahboob, Afghanistan's first female tech CEO. Roya works to open doors for the next generation of women leaders in STEM through mentoring, coaching…

Members of Afghan robotics girls team work on their robots in Herat province.

October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Can the Oil Threat Spare Saudi Arabia From America’s Wrath?

Threatening a price hike might work in the short term, but it would come with serious costs to the kingdom’s reputation as a moderating influence on oil markets.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih