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December 1, 2021

Education
Academic Webinar: African Politics and Security Issues

Michelle Gavin, CFR’s Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, leads a conversation on African politics and security issues.     FASKIANOS: Welcome to today’s session of the CFR…

Play African Union meeting.

November 30, 2021

COVID-19
Omicron Travel Bans Will Hinder U.S. Africa Policy

When scientists in Botswana and South Africa identified the COVID-19 Omicron variant, they moved quickly to share that information internationally. The response from much of the world was to announce travel bans on Southern African states. Those restrictions are a brutal blow to Southern African economies and morale, even prompting a statement of concern from the UN secretary-general.

U.S. President Joe Biden stands wearing a mask behind Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert, who is speaking at a podium with a mask in hand.

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.

September 17, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Withdraws 450 Peacekeepers from the Central African Republic

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 covers September 11 to September 17.

UN peacekeepers patrol a street in Bangui during the 2015 presidential election in the Central African Republic.

April 8, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Islamic State and al-Qaeda Linked to African Insurgencies

Violence attributed to Islamist groups has dramatically increased in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade, and continues to infect new venues where it has been absent.

Two soldiers wearing camouflage stand in front of a building, the Kismayo International Airport, with an al Qaeda flag painted on it.

March 4, 2021

Territorial Disputes
Diplomatic Dithering Over Western Sahara Bodes Ill for Other African Disputes

On December 10, 2020, then President Donald Trump tweeted that because “Morocco recognized the United States in 1777,” the U.S. should return the favor by recognizing “[Moroccan] sovereignty over the Western Sahara.”

Then-U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, clutching a baseball cap, arrives in the Western Sahara in an attempt to broker a peace between the Polisario Front and Morocco over the disputed Western Sahara.

March 19, 2021

Niger
Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou Awarded Mo Ibrahim Prize for Excellence in African Leadership

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, set to step down after two terms as president, was last week awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

A picture of Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou speaking before the UN General Assembly.

August 10, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
United States Names Five African Jihadis as Specially Designated Global Terrorists

U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday announced that the Department of State added to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) five terrorist leaders operating in Africa.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, with a world map and a U.S. flag behind him, walks away after giving an address.

May 12, 2021

Nigeria
Germany to Return Some African Art to Nigeria

The German minister of culture has announced plans to return hundreds of art objects to Nigeria. Their provenance is the Benin Royal Palace—located in Benin City, which is situated in southern Nigeria—looted and destroyed by the British in 1897. Apparently, the objects will be deposited at the Edo Museum of West African Art, under construction in Benin City.

A close-up photo of a Benin Bronze resembling a leopard on display in the Bode-Museum in Berlin, Germany.

April 29, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Supporting African Vaccinations Is in U.S. and Global Interest

When it comes to fighting COVID, the Biden Administration has made it clear that tamping down the threat domestically is its first priority. 

Kenyan tour guides and travel operators queue to receive the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), under the COVAX scheme, in Nairobi, Kenya, April 27, 2021