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May 12, 2021

Cuba
U.S.-Cuba Relations

Communist Cuba was a major foreign policy challenge for the United States during the Cold War. The bilateral relationship thawed considerably under President Obama, but the Trump administration reimp…

A man shows U.S. and Cuban flags at his house in Havana.

May 12, 2021

Nigeria
Germany to Return Some African Art to Nigeria

The German minister of culture has announced plans to return hundreds of art objects to Nigeria. Their provenance is the Benin Royal Palace—located in Benin City, which is situated in southern Nigeria—looted and destroyed by the British in 1897. Apparently, the objects will be deposited at the Edo Museum of West African Art, under construction in Benin City.

A close-up photo of a Benin Bronze resembling a leopard on display in the Bode-Museum in Berlin, Germany.

May 11, 2021

United States
Why Does the Census Matter?

The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power and federal funding. The 2020 count has faced pandemic-related complications and a…

Aerial shot suburban LA

May 10, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 1–7

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 1 to May 7, 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.

May 10, 2021

Global Governance
To Prevent Future Pandemics, Start by Protecting Nature

We have entered a new era of infectious disease. The path to global health security begins with protecting nature.

An Indigenous girl from the Parintintin tribe sits on a cut tree trunk in Traira village near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil, on August 16, 2019.

May 6, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Israel’s Apartheid Doesn’t Make a Difference

A new report about the Israel-Palestine conflict is morally damning—and politically irrelevant.

Palestinian women in masks wait to enter Jerusalem via a checkpoint manned by Israeli soldiers

May 6, 2021

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

The alliance is bringing its twenty-year mission in Afghanistan to a close in 2021, as it looks to bolster its military deterrent in Europe and provide security assistance in the Middle East and Horn…

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May 4, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 24–30

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 24 to April 30, 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.

May 4, 2021

United States
The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s.

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May 3, 2021

Nigeria
In a Reversal, Nigeria Wants U.S. Africa Command Headquarters in Africa

On April 27, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, requested that the United States move the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa. The request marks a reversal of official Nigerian opposition—first made public twelve years ago—to AFRICOM plans to move to the continent.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seen on a television screen speaking during a virtual visit to the U.S. State Department, in which he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.