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May 1, 2019

Nigeria
Conflict in Nigeria Is More Complicated Than “Christians vs. Muslims”

An article from Fox News recently called attention to the killing of Christians in Nigeria by comparing it to the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. According to the article, the attacks “highlight the dangers that remain from asymmetric terrorism and violence against Christians in ethnically and religiously divided societies.” However, linking these tragedies to each other and to a perceived global trend of violence against Christians mischaracterizes the nature of the conflict in Nigeria. 

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October 31, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Christianity in the Middle East

A general view of the Church of Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City April 23, 2011. (Courtesy REUTERS/Baz Ratner). The decline of Christianity…

A general view of the Church of Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem’s Old City April 23, 2011. (Courtesy REUTERS/Baz Ratner).

October 4, 2019

Nigeria
The Legacy of Nigeria's 1999 Transition to Democracy

Commentators, especially outside Nigeria, saw the elections of 2015 as an important milestone for the country’s democratic development breaking the pattern of rigged elections. However, could it be that it was the elections of 2011 that really broke the pattern, and the elections of 2015 merely restored it? Were in fact the elections of 2015 much better than those before and after? Did the political classes determine that Jonathan had to go, in part because of the deteriorating economy and security situation, but also understanding that the 1998–9 bargain struck between the south and the north be restored? Will the bargain survive in 2023? 

Obasanjo walks past a cheering crowd in a white robe.

September 5, 2019

Nigeria
The Humanitarian Dilemma Around the Military’s “Super Camp” Strategy in Nigeria

The “super camp” strategy is driven chiefly by the military’s apparent inability to defend itself against constant ISWA raids on poorly constructed military barracks in rural areas. Under the new strategy, military personnel will be based in a few, well-constructed “super camps,” which ISWA presumably cannot overrun. While the military may have reduced the potential for casualties and theft of military materiel, it has also reduced its ability to combat ISWA in rural areas. This strategy appears to also be the most recent formulation of the military’s “fortress strategy,” which seemingly was never implemented after its initial 2017 announcement.

Men and boys gather by a shade and in front of a truck an an IDP camp near Maiduguri.

March 2, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
President Sisi and the Status of Christians in Egypt

There are a lot of fans of Egypt’s President Sisi nowadays in Washington, who argue that he is fighting terrorism and deserves American support. Those fans ought to be aware of the ongoing persecuti…

November 17, 2015

Saving Middle Eastern Christians

In remarks yesterday from Turkey, President Obama called a refugee policy that singled out Middle Eastern Christians for help "shameful." I don’t agree. Middle Eastern Christians (and other minoriti…

September 10, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Christian Martyrs in Nigeria

Citing church representatives, BosNewsLife is carrying the story that Islamists killed five people outside Jos in central Nigeria after they declared their Christian faith. Two other Christians were …

Crowds fill Abubakar Gumi central market after authorities relaxed a 24 hour curfew in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, June 24, 2012.

August 15, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Presidential Candidate

As politicians, Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Warren are opposites. He wanted to unleash the power of the market; she wants to curtail its abuses. But for all of their policy differences, the two share…

Elizabeth Warren

August 6, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Cory Booker, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is America ready for a president who is single and a vegan? Cory Booker, New Jersey’s junior senator, certainly hopes so. The fifty-year-old former Rhodes Scholar would be the first bachelor elected …

Cory Booker

January 23, 2013

United States
Is "Insulting the President" or Converting to Christianity a Crime?

Is "Insulting the President" a crime? How about converting to Christianity? Both are crimes in Egypt today. A new report by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, entitled "The Crime of Ins…