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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

May 21, 2019

Chad
Farmer Herder Clashes in Chad Follow Familiar Pattern

There are new reports of violence, characterized as farmer-herder conflict, in Chad. According to Agence France Presse and Voice of America, thirty-five have died [French] since May 16 in separate in…

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March 3, 2017

Nigeria
The Lake Chad Crisis

In this episode of the Africa in Transition Podcast series John Campbell is joined by the International Crisis Group’s Nnamdi Obasi, Hans De Marie Heungoup, and EJ Hogendoorn. The group discusses the…

Podcast People wash clothes in a dry riverbed in Maroua, Cameroon

September 20, 2019

Nigeria
Boko Haram Is Back in the Media Spotlight, but It Was Never Really Gone

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, on a number of occasions, has stated that Boko Haram is “technically defeated.” The Council’s Nigeria Security Tracker indicates otherwise, and on September 14, the New York Times published an extensive story on the resurgence of Boko Haram. It was accompanied by three pictures on a back page, including one of a child’s scar from an injury sustained during a suicide bombing.

Women and children sit outside the smoke-blackened remains of a building.

April 27, 2006

Chad
Chad’s Oil Troubles

The World Bank, a U.S.-led oil consortium, and Chad’s government came together for a pipeline plan that was hailed as a new model to help developing nations escape poverty and avoid corruption. But u…

September 17, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 7–13

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 7 to 13, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

September 26, 2017

Chad
Counterterrorism Partner Chad Included in New Travel Ban

President Donald Trump’s new order banning most travel to the United States applies to seven states—Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and, for some reason, Chad. To include Chad on tha…

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September 9, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 31–September 6

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 31 to September 6, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

September 3, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 24–30

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 24 to 30, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

April 28, 2017

Nigeria
International Inaction and Famine in the Lake Chad Basin

Peter Lundberg, United Nations (UN) Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, stated on April 25 that the aid organizations working in northeast Nigeria will run out of cash by June if pledges mad…

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