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August 3, 2020

Lebanon
What Is Hezbollah?

Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in…

A crowd of Hezbollah supporters surrounds a giant model of a fist holding a gun.

July 28, 2020

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.

July 10, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five POW Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about prisoners of war.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Unbroken/Amazon; The Bridge on the River Kwai/Golden Globes; The Deer Hunter/IMDB; The Great Escape/ABC; Stalag 17/History Net; Rescue Dawn/IMP Awards.

June 24, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Media’s Unsubstantiated Claims that U.S. Agencies Investigating Corruption by Buhari's Inner Circle

Pointblank News is reporting that the U.S. Departments of State and Justice are investigating Sabiu 'Tunde' Yusuf, Sarki Abba, Mamman Daura, Ismaila Isa Funtua, and his son Abubakar Funtua for money …

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the nation over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 27, 2020.

June 19, 2020

Nigeria
ISWA’s Recent Attacks Could Signal a New, Deadlier Approach in Nigeria

On June 9, ISWA killed eighty-one people, abducted seven, and stole hundreds of cattle before setting the village ablaze.These recent incidents could be the beginning of a new chapter in ISWA violence, with Muslim civilians as legitimate targets.

People push carts and bicycles near a flag pole with the Nigerian flag as they begin to cross a road bridge. The ground is dry and dusty, the cloudless sky is dull grey-blue, and small wooden structure is in the background. The canopies of green trees can be seen in the distance.

June 3, 2020

Nigeria
Recent Flare Up in Violence Across Northwestern Nigeria

Some five hundred "bandits" on motocycles attacked a village (or perhaps several villages) in Katsina State in northwest Nigeria over May 30 and 31. They made off with "thousands" of livestock, likely cattle, and killed 18 villagers and a local headman.

Three soldiers walk on a dirt road with rifles. In the background, armored troop carriers drives on the dirt road along a wall with trees further down the road.

May 20, 2020

Mozambique
Preventing the Next Boko Haram in Northern Mozambique

The conflict broke out in Cabo Delgado province in the fall of 2017, and resulted in more than 1,000 deaths and forced 100,000 people to flee their homes. The group is Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamo (ASWJ), aka al-Shabab, with links to the Islamic State.

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique stands in a dark suit with a blue tie and white shirt as he is sworn in for his second term as president. Behind him, a military officer in ceremonial dress salutes him with a white-gloved hand.

May 8, 2020

Nigeria
Good Leadership at the Top Belies Facts on the Ground in Nigeria

Leadership of the moment in Nigeria cannot overcome the generations of poor leadership and corruption that have left underdeveloped public health services, social safety net, and trust in government, at a time when it faces low oil prices and COVID-19.

Young boys, who attend Nigeria's Islamic schools, known as almajiris, stand in crowds in Tudunwada, as authorities struggle to contain coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Maiduguri, Nigeria April 24, 2020.

April 29, 2020

Nigeria
Tracking the Spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria’s Largest Northern City

A recent, so far unexplained, spike in deaths in Kano, Nigeria, highlights the difficulty of tracking the spread of coronavirus, especially in certain large African urban areas. Kano is regarded as Nigeria's second largest urban agglomeration, after Lagos. It is the capital of Kano state, the first or second largest in population. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has extended for another two weeks in Kano city a lockdown

A man sits on a box selling fruit and what look like gasoline bottles from a cart, while a women sells a bottles of something, along a mostly empty road after the postponement of the presidential election in Kano, Nigeria, on February 17, 2019

April 28, 2020

Nigeria
How Nigeria Has Responded to COVID-19 So Far

As of April 29, Nigeria has recorded over 1,300 cases, with 40 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Nigeria’s coronavirus spread had been concentrated in Abuja, Lagos, and Ogun state, the latter effectively a suburb of Lagos. Those three areas have been under lockdown since March 30, with an announcement by President Buhari to begin easing some restrictions beginning on May 4.

Men load sacks of rice, which have the words "COVID-19: Palliative for the Vulnerable People" plastered on them, among other food aid in a truck, to be distributed for those affected by procedures taken to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 17, 2020.