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May 5, 2021

Nigeria
Measuring Boko Haram's Impact on State Security Services

This post analyzes Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) data on state security service casualties as a result of the Boko Haram conflict. The tracker shows deaths of security services in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

Several Nigerien soldiers are seen seated on a truck wearing military gear.

December 20, 2012

Nigeria
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…

August 20, 2018

Nigeria
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

May 12, 2020

Chad
After Lake Chad Offensive, April One of Deadliest Months in Boko Haram Conflict

April is now one of the deadliest months in nearly a decade of the Boko Haram conflict, according to data from the Nigeria Security Tracker, which now features geographic data from Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

A Chadian soldier shields his face from dust kicked up by a helicopter in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015.

February 21, 2019

Nigeria
Tracking Boko Haram With the Nigeria Security Tracker

For eight years now, we have been tracking the evolution of political violence in Nigeria with the Nigeria Security Tracker (NST). While Boko Haram has always been a focus, we have collected data pertaining to police and military violence, and sectarian conflict. We have also recorded violent crime and kidnapping. Nevertheless, we are most frequently asked about the conflict in northeastern Nigeria.

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January 18, 2019

Nigeria
UPDATE: The Numbers Behind Sectarian Violence in Nigeria

Has sectarian violence in the Middle Belt increased significantly in 2018? On December 20, 2018, we published year-to-date data. Below we publish data for the entire year of 2018. Based on an analysis of Nigeria Security Tracker data, the short answer to the first question is yes, violence has almost doubled since 2017.

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December 20, 2018

Nigeria
The Numbers Behind Sectarian Violence in Nigeria

Based on an analysis of Nigeria Security Tracker data, deaths from sectarian violence have almost doubled since 2017. The NST documented 1,949 deaths through October 2018, compared to 1,041 sectarian-related deaths in all of 2017. Violence is about even with Boko Haram, in terms of the number of conflict-related victims. Deaths related to the Boko Haram conflict through October 2018 are roughly 1,900.

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May 2, 2011

Nigeria
Nigeria: The Morning After

I have an oped today in The International Herald Tribune on the Nigerian elections. I also think  U.S. outreach to northern Nigeria should include according Muhammadu Buhari the respect commensurate …

Nigeria: The Morning After

June 21, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Evaluating the Failed States Index and U.S. Africa Policy

This is a guest post by Asch Harwood. Asch is the Council on Foreign Relations Africa program research associate. The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy have released their 2012 Failed States Index. …

Policemen secure the scene of a landslide at the Mathare valley slum after boulders, rocks and mud tumbled down a hillside overlooking the slum, smashing into the houses and burying the occupants in Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 4, 2012.