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July 15, 2020

South Korea
Remembering General Paik Sun-yup

Without Paik’s herculean effort, South Korea as we know it today—a vibrant, capitalist, and liberal democracy—wouldn’t exist.

General Paik Sun-yup, 1950

July 28, 2020

South Africa
Andrew Mlangeni, Mandela Ally and Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dies in South Africa

Andrew Mlangeni was the last living defendant of the 1963 Rivonia trial, which resulted in the sentencing of Andrew and ten others, among them, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and, most famously, Nelson Mandela.

Andrew Mlageni, an aged, bald man with glasses, sits at a dais. His name is on a lit-up placard in front of him, as is a thin microphone. He is speaking.

July 23, 2020

Nigeria
Not All Violent Problems Require Violent Solutions: Banditry in Nigeria’s North-West

For more than two years, northwestern Nigeria has faced devastating attacks from armed bandits, particularly in the states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, and Sokoto. But violent military operations are half-baked peace plans are not the answer.

A young man in a white tunic robe carries handmade guns. He is flanked by a soldier in camouflage fatigues and a rifle.

August 4, 2020

Ghana
Ghana Looks to Long Relationship With African Americans for Investment

The year 2019 marked four hundred years since the first enslaved people from West Africa arrived in the United States. The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, declared the anniversary the Year of Return.

The president of Ghana, a bald African man in a dark suit with glasses, gestures as he speaks at a podium. He is flanked by national flags.

August 12, 2020

Boko Haram
Mass Defection of Boko Haram Fighters in Cameroon

Nigerian Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf, commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) fighting the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin, announced that 109 Boko Haram fighters and their prisoners had defected in Cameroon.

Black graffiti is shown on a gray wall in Borno, Nigeria. The graffiti says "Hate Evil," as well as "Boko Haram is Evil"

June 30, 2020

China
As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development

Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…

President Xi Jinping of China claps and smiles in a dark gray suit with a maroon tie and white shirt. Behind him are national flags on vertical flag polls. The Chinese flag is front and center. It is flanked by the flags of South Africa and Botswana to the left, and of Algeria, Benin, and Burkina Faso to the right.

August 11, 2020

Tanzania
U.S. Ambassadors and African Diplomacy

In most African countries, the U.S ambassador plays a crucial role in managing the U.S. bilateral relationship with the host country. Hence, the importance of the arrival in Tanzania of Dr. Donald  J. Wright, MD.

Gray car drives past pale concrete building flying U.S. flag at half mast. It is the U.S. Embassy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

August 10, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 1-7

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 1 to 7, 2020.

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.

August 12, 2020

United States
Weaker Dollar Means More Dollar Reserves

Large increases in dollar reserves tend to come during periods of dollar weakness, not periods of dollar strength. That is for a simple reason: many export-heavy countries still intervene heavily in …

Weaker Dollar Means More Dollar Reserves

August 6, 2020

Nigeria
Surprisingly Many African Americans Hold Nigerian Heritage

A DNA study of a sample gathered from African Americans shows that their African genetic origin accords closely to the documentary, historical record. 

Four Nigerian men talk and play music. They are wearing traditional clothing. The two men in the middle are the Ooni of Ife and Sultan of Sokoto.