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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

August 15, 2018

Turkey
The West Must Face Reality in Turkey

We are witnessing the gradual but steady demise of a relationship that is already an alliance in name only.

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February 20, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 9–15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between February 9 to 15, 2019.

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February 13, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Is Oil Dependent, not Oil Rich

At a business breakfast on February 7, Doyin Salami pointed out the elephant in the living room of Nigeria’s economy. The country is not oil rich; rather it is oil dependent. He asked attendees to acknowledge this distinction.

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February 12, 2019

West Africa
Problems in the Sahel Only Growing, Says ACLED

Each year, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) issues Ten Conflicts to Worry About, [PDF] a report flagging serious conflicts that are often underreported. The Sahel was listed as the region “most likely to be the geopolitical dilemma of 2019.” 

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February 12, 2019

Nigeria
See How Much You Know About Nigeria

Test your knowledge of Nigeria, from its economic heft to its struggle against Boko Haram.

Nigerian street scene

August 31, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Codel to West Africa

With the exception of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Halley, the Trump administration has shown little interest in Africa. It has been very slow to make Africa-related appointments: there is still n…

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February 8, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Election: What to Know

The Giant of Africa’s next president will have to contend with daunting security and economic challenges.

Supporters sit on camels during a campaign rally for President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano.

February 5, 2019

Afghanistan
Women This Week: Rights at Risk

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering January 26 to February 2, was compiled wi…

Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2018.

February 5, 2019

China
China's Slowdown and the World Economy

China, it now seems, has entered into a real slump. There were plenty of leading indicators. I should have given more weight, for example, to the slowdown in European exports to China over the cou…

China's Slowdown and the World Economy