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December 14, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Release of the Finance Minister’s Mother: Good News From Nigeria

Kamene Okonjo was released early on Friday, December 14. Eighty-two years of age, she is the mother of Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Few details are available concerning the exact c…

Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during a media briefing in Pretoria 23/03/2012.

January 7, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Who Will Shape Nigeria’s Elite Politics in 2014?

Emmanuel Aziken has written a thoughtful analysis of some of the major political players in his article on December 30 in Vanguard. His pick: President Goodluck Jonathan, speaker of the House of Repr…

(Front seated, from L to R) Nigeria's Vice President Namadi Sambo, President Goodluck Jonathan and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim attend the opening of the Presidential Power Reform Transaction signing summit in Abuja April 22, 2013.

January 30, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Repatriating Somali Refugees: A Kenyan National Security Red Herring

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, program coordinator, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies program.  Even before the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya l…

Refugees who have been living in the outskirts of the proper camps in Hagadera load their belongings onto trucks as they choose to relocate to the newly-opened Kambioos settlement, at Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Camp, situated northeast of the capital Nairobi near the Somali border, August 29, 2011.

August 6, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Cleaning up the Mess at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

The Natural Resource Governance Institute, a New York-based think tank and advocacy organization, has issued a must-read report, Inside NNPC Oil Sales: A Case for Reform in Nigeria. The authors are A…

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August 6, 2015

Fossil Fuels
Guest Post: Cleaning Up the Mess at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

This was originally posted by my colleague John Campbell on his Africa in Transition blog. John was formerly U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and is currently the Ralph Bunche senior fellow at the Council …

Nigeria blog photo

October 6, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
President Buhari’s Cabinet List Announced

More than four months after he was inaugurated, and more than six months after President Buhari was elected, a partial list of his cabinet nominees has been made public. The senate president read alo…

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May 27, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Oil Production Down by 40 Percent

Oil is the property of the Nigerian state. Most of it is produced through partnerships between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which is owned by the state, and private oil companies. Oil…

Nigeria oil tankers

August 1, 2016

Philippines
A Debate on the New Philippine Administration

Over email, Professor Richard Javad Heydarian of De La Salle University in Manila and CFR Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia Joshua Kurlantzick discussed some of the potential effects—both positive and…

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March 15, 2017

Greece
Global Economics Monthly: March 2017

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn writes that Greece and its creditors are again locked in a showdown over reforms, cash, and debt relief. Another cliff-hanger ahead of heavy July debt payments looks likely. Extend-and-pretend is a dead end for Greece and an increasingly populist Europe, and a more ambitious agreement seems ruled out by bailout fatigue in creditor countries. Markets are once again underestimating the risks of “Grexit.”