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January 27, 2021

Defense and Security
Protecting Our Heroes From Disinformation on Social Media

The Department of Defense should implement a program to help service members and their families avoid falling victim to disinformation.

Members from all of the services of the US military march across in front of the White House.

February 1, 2021

Digital Policy
The Wild West of Smartphone Data and Surveillance

In the current data landscape, regulation is insufficient, and redress is challenging.

Alejandro Mayorkas, nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs confirmation hearing.

March 3, 2021

Nigeria
Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria Captures International Attention—Again

On February 27 "bandits" attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State and kidnapped some three hundred girls. Government reaction was predictable: search-and-rescue missions and strong statements.

A line of young girls, most without shoes and wearing blue Islamic headdress, leave a building after being released from captivity by bandits. A Nigerian policeman carrying an assault rifle is standing next to the line of girls.

March 1, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 20–26

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from February 20 to February 26, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

February 26, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem

The Nigerian minister of defense recently enjoined Nigerians to take up arms to defend themselves against marauding bandits in their communities. Nigeria has experienced devastating attacks from armed bandits for more than two years.

A blanket is seen on the ground of a school stormed by kidnappers in Nigeria.

February 10, 2021

United States
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-five men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay. If you are lucky enough…

White House

February 12, 2021

Transnational Crime
Nigeria's Enduring "Gold Wars"

Conflicts in northwest Nigeria over access to minerals—especially gold—are heating up. Illicit mining also causes environmental damage, thus exacerbating land and water shortages that cause further conflict.

A man standing in a small pool of water is using a plastic sheet with holes to filter gold dust.

February 8, 2021

Nigeria
Security Deteriorating in Nigeria’s Former “Biafra”

Fighting between government forces and Igbo separatists risks adding another challenge for the Buhari administration. The emergence of an Igbo paramilitary force highlights the growing breakdown of any federal government monopoly on the use of force.

A concrete wall with barbed wire on top and bullet holes is pictured. IPOB, shorthand for the Indigenous People of Biafra, is written above a flag of the Republic of Biafra, a short-lived breakaway state in Nigeria. The flag has three horizontal bars--red, black, and green, from top to bottom--with a half-risen, yellow sun in the middle, black band.

February 8, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 30–February 5

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 30 to February 5, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

January 26, 2021

France
Macron Signals Upcoming Reduction of French Military Presence in the Sahel

On January 19, French President Emmanuel Macron said that recent successes against jihadis and the pledge of additional EU troops makes it possible to "adjust" its military operations in the western Sahel.

French President Emmanuel Macron and interim Malian President Bah Ndaw are seen outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, both wearing suits and masks. On either side are palace guards, both wearing masks. The guard on the right side of the picture has his hand at salute.