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January 6, 2011

Politics and Government
The Last Days of Ben Ali?

Tunisia’s President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali waves to supporters after he took the oath at the national assembly in Tunis (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy of Reuters) If you don’t follow the Moor Next Door,…

The Last Days of Ben Ali?

January 14, 2011

Politics and Government
The Last Days of Ben Ali III

A man embraces a soldier as protesters walk past soldiers while shouting slogans during a demonstration against Tunisian President Ben Ali in Tunis (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Update: Hats off to tho…

The Last Days of Ben Ali III

April 10, 2015

China
Rotenberg and Di: Ali Health Offers a Revolutionary Moment for China’s Healthcare Industry

Ariella Rotenberg is a research associate for U.S. Foreign Policy, and Peng Di is an intern for Global Health Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations. Private sector actors in China, first an…

AliHealth

January 14, 2011

Politics and Government
The Last Days of Ben Ali II: Losing His Military Mojo?

Tunisians shout slogans as they demonstrate against Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis; January 14, 2011 (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy Reuters)   Over the last few days, I have been gl…

The Last Days of Ben Ali II: Losing His Military Mojo?

June 10, 2022

Global
The World Next Week: What to Read and Listen to This Summer

The annual summer entertainment recommendations from The World Next Week podcast.

Three books next to each other on a light blue background. From left to right: Putin's People, by Catherine Belton; Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe; and The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy, by Michael Mandelbaum.

December 9, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Restrained South African Reaction to the Murder of Pierre Korkie

Pierre Korkie was a South African teacher working in Yemen, where his wife, Yolande, did hospital relief work. They were kidnapped by al-Qaeda operatives in May 2013. Yolande Korkie was released with…

Yemen al Qaeda

August 10, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
United States Names Five African Jihadis as Specially Designated Global Terrorists

U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday announced that the Department of State added to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) five terrorist leaders operating in Africa.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, with a world map and a U.S. flag behind him, walks away after giving an address.

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.