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February 9, 2021

Religion
The Rise of Christian Nationalism

Andrew L. Whitehead, associate professor of sociology at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and co-author of Taking Back America for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States, di…

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February 25, 2021

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Nigeria's Vice President Speaks Plainly on Population and Food

Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, addressed on February 23 a UN Food Systems Summit organized by the Nigerian government in Abuja, the national capital. He was blunt about the link between population growth and food insecurity.

A crowded market in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.

February 11, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Why Ending FGM Advances U.S. Interests

This guest post was authored by Maryum Saifee, a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer and alumna of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship program. Ms. Saifee i…

Dawoodi Bohra women walk past a construction site.

February 5, 2021

Nigeria
Ethnic and Religious Violence Worsen in Kaduna

Kaduna is increasingly the epicenter of violence in Nigeria, rivaling Borno state, the home turf of Boko Haram. In rural areas, conflicts over water and land use are escalating, and Ansaru, a less prominent Islamist group, is active.

A picture of the Sultan Bello mosque, also known as the Kaduna Central mosque, in Kaduna, Nigeria.

February 2, 2021

Religion
The Pervasive Influence of Nigeria's Religious Leaders

Nigerians like to say that they are the world's happiest people and the most religious. The basis of their happiness, they go on to say in the face of poor well-being statistics (such as one of the highest levels of maternal mortality), is religion.

Several Muslim worshippers are seen from from behind sitting on the floor inside a mosque. They are socially distanced, as suggested by health protocols for COVID-19. Most are wearing Islamic dress.

February 2, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian President Buhari Shuffles Military Service Chiefs

President Buhari's January 26 announcement that he has fired all four of his military service chiefs will be welcomed by his critics. His new appointments appear to be of high quality in terms of official announcements about their background.

Major General Leo Irabor, then-commander of the Nigerian military's operation against Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, is seated while speaking to the media. He is wearing camouflage, military fatigues with a hat. A flag is on a flagpole over his right shoulder.

January 26, 2021

Religion
Nigeria: “A Nation In Search Of Vindication”

Roman Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Matthew Kukah in a Christmas message delivered a blistering critique of Nigeria's governance and political economy. In it he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swears in ministers into his cabinet in Abuja, Nigeria on November 11, 2015. The room is well-lit with a green carpeted floor, with the Nigerian coat of arms surrounded by four pots of flowers. The ministers are standing around the room, while Buhari is seated at the head.

January 13, 2021

Radicalization and Extremism
From Separatism to Salafism: Militancy on the Swahili Coast

Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. The revelation that a Kenyan member of al-Shabab was charged with planning a 9/11-style attack on the Unit…

A group of Muslim youth are seen protesting the killing of a radical Kenyan imam, Aboud Rogo Mohammed. Several are wearing Islamic dress while others are wearing everyday clothing.

December 23, 2020

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2021

Millions of people around the world voted in 2020. Taiwanese voters reelected Tsai Ing-wen as president. Burmese voters returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to power. Guineans protested before and after…

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February 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.