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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…

November 30, 2018

Niger
Recent Boko Haram Attacks Along Nigeria-Niger Border

Niger officials have announced that Boko Haram kidnapped eighteen girls from two villages, Blaharde and Bague, on November 24. The Blaharde and Bague kidnapping followed the November 22 killing of seven employees of the French drilling company Foraco at the village of Toumour, Niger.

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November 6, 2018

Germany
Will Europe Go Green?

As European voters look for new alternatives, Green parties are making waves across the region. In doing so, they could signal a counterweight to the populist European right and influence national an…

Green party top candidate and Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development of Hesse Tarek Al-Wazir and Minister For The Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture And Consumer Protection of Hesse Priska Hinz react on first exit polls following the Hesse state election in Wiesbaden, Germany on October 28, 2018

October 27, 2018

Human Rights
Twentieth anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act

Twenty years ago today, October 27, 1998, the International Religious Freedom Act was signed into law. The Act established both an ambassador at large for international religious freedom in the De…

October 23, 2018

Nigeria
More Communal Violence in Nigeria's Middle Belt

International and Nigerian media are reporting that intercommunal violence led to fifty-five deaths in Kasuwan Magani, about thirty kilometers east of Kaduna in Kaduna state. Nigerian media reports t…

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October 12, 2018

Nigeria
Making Sense of Nigeria's Upcoming Presidential Election

Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump. 

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October 9, 2018

Nigeria
The Stage Is Set for Nigeria's February 2019 Presidential Election

Nigeria’s presidential election is scheduled for February 16, 2019. The two largest parties, the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) completed their primaries last weekend. The APC unanimously selected President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate. The PDP primary included a number of candidates, but the party chose former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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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).

September 28, 2018

Cameroon
America's Dilemma in Cameroon: Supporting an Abusive Military

Biya now faces two major security threats. In the southeast, where the Anglophone minority predominates, there is an insurrection in response to decades of repression and marginalization by Biya’s government. In the far north of Cameroon, predominately Muslim, is also disaffected from Biya’s ostensibly Christian regime. Boko Haram is active there.

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August 27, 2018

Southeast Asia
Duterte the Peacemaker?

By Richard Heydarian Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), previously known as the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The signing marked a major milestone…

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