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March 19, 2021

Niger
Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou Awarded Mo Ibrahim Prize for Excellence in African Leadership

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, set to step down after two terms as president, was last week awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

A picture of Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou speaking before the UN General Assembly.

February 2, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian President Buhari Shuffles Military Service Chiefs

President Buhari's January 26 announcement that he has fired all four of his military service chiefs will be welcomed by his critics. His new appointments appear to be of high quality in terms of official announcements about their background.

Major General Leo Irabor, then-commander of the Nigerian military's operation against Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, is seated while speaking to the media. He is wearing camouflage, military fatigues with a hat. A flag is on a flagpole over his right shoulder.

September 22, 2020

Mali
Mali Update: Stand-Off

On September 21, the military junta that overthrew the Mali government of President Ibrahim Keita announced a transitional government. It is headed by retired Colonel Bah N'Daw, with junta leader Colonel Assimi Goïta as his vice president.

Malian coup leader Assimi Goita sits, in full military clothing, at a table during negotiations with ECOWAS. A red, yellow, and green flag is visible in the background.

August 20, 2020

Mali
Mali Coup: "Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic"

Despite the crowd’s jubilation in Bamako, the arrest of President Ibrahim B. Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and other government officials seems unlikely to result in fundamental change in Mali.

African man, the President of Mali, smiles for cameras and is dressed in all-white traditional garb

August 12, 2020

Mali
What to Know About the Crisis in Mali

Opposition supporters, fed up with a corrupt political system, lack of economic opportunity, and continued violence, are demanding the president’s resignation.

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"

July 1, 2020

Afghanistan
A Failed Afghan Peace Deal

The United States has reached an agreement with the Taliban, but significant challenges, such as political power-sharing, the role of Islam, and women’s rights, remain for achieving intra-Afghan peac…

Afghan men attend a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 29, 2019

June 3, 2020

Coronavirus
Female Leadership During COVID-19

Sandra Pepera, senior associate and director for Gender, Women and Democracy at the National Democratic Institute, discusses female leadership during COVID-19. Learn more about CFR's Religion and …

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April 10, 2020

Nigeria
Case Not Quite Closed on the Assassination of Nigerian Salafi Scholar Shaikh Jaafar Adam

While at prayer on April 13, 2007, the prominent Salafi scholar, Shaikh Jaafar Mahmud Adam, was assassinated at his mosque in Kano. At the time, the murder made a deep impression on mainstream Muslims, many of whom revered Adam. The murder took place in the final days before the 2007 presidential elections, and many observers, including those at the U.S. embassy, thought that the murder was somehow related. But it now seems more likely that Adam was assassinated by a vengeful former member of the Nigerian Taliban. His murder was an early manifestation of the deadly battles among Boko Haram’s competing factions that continue up to the present.

A man cycles past the Al Ansar mosque in Maiduguri. Four red and white minarets are visible around a green dome topped with gold. Person-sized arches line the one-story building around the dome and minarets.

March 18, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Considers National DRR Agency Amid Boko Haram Setbacks

On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former governor of Yobe State, introduced legislation to create the National Agency for Deradicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Repentant Insurgents. Gaidam represents Yobe state, which borders Borno and has been affected by the insurgency. The bill’s purpose is to rehabilitate Boko Haram defectors and prevent violent extremism in Nigeria.

Freed inmates walk in a line after they were released and handed over to state officials for rehabilitation and integration after they were detained for up to four years over suspicion of links with Boko Haram jihadists during an official ceremony at the Giwa military barracks, in Maiduguri, on November 27, 2019.