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August 20, 2018

Boko Haram’s Deadly Impact

A new compilation of data gives insight into the African Islamist insurgency’s reach, tactics, and evolution. It reveals a far higher victim count than previous estimates.

Boko Haram Nigeria Rann IDP Camp

December 20, 2012

Boko Haram and Nigeria’s Pervasive Violence

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram has contributed to widespread and deadly violence in Nigeria, but the government sercurity services are also at fault, write CFR’s John Campbell and Asch Harwood.

October 25, 2011

Elections and Voting
African Democracy: Elections Despite Divisions

In this Markets and Democracy Brief, CFR’s John Campbell and Asch Harwood note the potential dangers of elections in weak and divided African countries, but they urge continued U.S. support for elect…

March 12, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Security Tracker

The Sub-Saharan Security Tracker (SST) draws on data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project, which documents political conflict across Africa. ACLED collects and codes report…

June 11, 2013

Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

Teaching Notes on Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink by CFR Senior Fellow and former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell.


January 7, 2013

New Interactive Tool Maps Political Violence in Nigeria, Finds Radical Islamist Group Boko Haram the “Most Deadly”

CFR’s Africa program has launched the Nigeria Security Tracker, an online tool that uses interactive maps and graphs to depict the magnitude and geographic distribution of violence in the oil-rich We…

October 23, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Weekly Foreign Policy Roundup: 9/11, Afghanistan, and Benghazi

Campaign 2016 didn’t generate a lot of foreign policy news this week. To the extent it did, the candidates were rehashing the past rather than laying out what they would do in the future. Most of the…


March 31, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Will Buhari’s Win in Nigeria Stick?

As of the morning of March 31, in New York, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, has a commanding lead over incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peopl…


January 10, 2011

Tolerance Yawns in Kaduna

My research associate, Asch Harwood, directed me to a piece by his old college roommate  in the National Interest that captures the Nigerian Sunday morning reality well. His point about the nationwi…

December 26, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram and Nigeria’s Culture of Violence

CFR.org published today an expert brief Asch Harwood and I co-authored on violence in Nigeria. It is based on the Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) that also went live today. Based on NST data, we concl…

 A soldier sits in a truck during a military patrol in Nigeria's central city of Jos 20/01/2010.