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June 30, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

July 8, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine a Light on Local Police Brutality

There has been reporting on police brutality in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, especially in Kenya and South Africa, where Western media is based. The popular African perception is that police brutality is the norm.

I young black man with a light blue medical mask on which is written in red "I can't breathe," looks in the direction of the camera, with his right hand holding a black sign that says "Stop Killer Cops" and his left hand raised in a fist. He is flanked by other protestors in masks and with signs.

July 7, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
How to Think About Africa’s “Rising Middle Class” Amid COVID-19

Conventional wisdom is that Africa's rising middle class is the engine for economic and social development. However, on a continent of 1.3 billion people resident in more than fifty countries, this trope may obscure more than it illuminates.

Customers shop for essential commodities inside the Naivas supermarket as residents stock their homes amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nairobi, Kenya March 23, 2020.

June 30, 2020

China
As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development

Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…

President Xi Jinping of China claps and smiles in a dark gray suit with a maroon tie and white shirt. Behind him are national flags on vertical flag polls. The Chinese flag is front and center. It is flanked by the flags of South Africa and Botswana to the left, and of Algeria, Benin, and Burkina Faso to the right.

June 25, 2020

South Africa
Trials for COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Begin in South Africa

Trials of the Jenner Institute’s vaccine are taking place in Brazil, the United Kingdom Brazil, and South Africa, and the other trials also appear to have begun on June 24. According to the WHO, there are 220 vaccine candidates are in development.

A bald, young man with a white mask sits, with three layers of clothing, a purple sweater, a dark blue flannel, and finally, an orange t-shirt, peeled back in order to reveal his harm as he receives a vaccine candidate for COVID-19. The health care worker administering the vaccine is in a dark grey jacket and is wearing white medical gloves. The wall is painted white brick and there are informational posters around.

July 9, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Army Statements Bely Facts on the Ground in Northeast

Nigerian army spokesmen have announced a series of successes against Boko Haram and that terrorism had been significantly weakened in the Lake Chad Basin. But such announcements lack credibility.    …

A damaged military vehicle is pictured in the northeast town of Gudumbali, after an attack by members of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), Nigeria September 11, 2018.

July 9, 2020

Human Trafficking
Modern Slavery Research Methods: Enabling Data-Driven Decisions

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Child laborers eat their lunch after being rescued from squalid working conditions a sari embroidery factory, with the help of Nepalese police and child rights organizations, near Kathmandu, 2012.

July 6, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 27–July 3

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 27 to July 3, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

July 3, 2020

Politics and Government
Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about people who changed the course of world history.

Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching