October 20, 2020Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 10 to October 16, 2020.
October 19, 2020Nigeria
Following nationwide demonstrations—first against the elite Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and then the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, its successor—the Buhari administration has abolished the former and promised wide-ranging police reforms.
October 15, 2020Sub-Saharan Africa
As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.
October 14, 2020West Africa
Protests in Nigeria against police are being supported by the Nigerian diaspora, which is linking them to Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the United States and Europe. The focus of the current demonstrations is the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
October 13, 2020International Organizations
The two finalists for the position of director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are Yoo Myung-hee, Republic of Korea, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian and (since 2019) an American citizen.
October 12, 2020Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 3 to October 9, 2020.
October 5, 2020Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 26 to October 2, 2020.
October 9, 2020Kenya
The 2013 al-Shabab attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall lasted four days and left sixty-seven shoppers dead, the youngest an eight-year-old child. The attack was seen as a response to Kenyan military activity in Somalia against al-Shabab that began in 2011.
October 8, 2020Coronavirus
Senegal is a major center of West African Islam, and its imams, mullah, and brotherhoods are influential across the Sahel. The holy city of Touba, 120 miles east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar, is the site of a major annual pilgrimage called the Magal