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November 21, 2019

Nigeria
Abacha, Abiola, and Nigeria’s 1999 Transition to Civilian Rule

The 1999 transition of Nigeria from military to civilian, democratic government, is a defining moment in Nigerian history, representing the beginning of the longest, uninterrupted government since independence in 1960. But what exactly transpired during the period of transition, which began in earnest with the death of military dictator Sani Abacha in1998, is not entirely clear. Max Siollun, in a fascinating study of the period, Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune, has done us a service by illuminating some of the behind-the-scenes machinations of that period, and putting to bed some of the rumors that passed for history.

A supporter of Chief Mashood Abiola holds up a newpaper during a demonstration outside the family home July 10 to protest about the suspicious nature of his death.

November 13, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Police Use Live Ammunition Against Peaceful Demonstrators

Nigerian media is reporting that on November 12, the Nigerian police fired live bullets to disperse those protesting the continued imprisonment of Nigerian journalist Omeyele Sowore. The media descri…

Protestors facing police hold signs that read "DSS Obey The Court," and other things.

December 23, 2014

China
Where to Look for the Next Jack Ma?

Where to look for the next Jack Ma? This is a trillion dollar question. According to a document released by the State Council (China’s cabinet) last October, by 2020 the size of China’s health servic…

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May 14, 2013

Malaysia
Meredith Weiss: What More Do Malaysian Voters Want?

Meredith Weiss is an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Albany. Adamantly pro-government newspaper Utusan Malaysia raised hackles among opposition Pakata…

A billboard encourages Malaysian citizens to vote for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat party in the state of Sarawak.

September 19, 2019

Nigeria
More Shiite Processions Met With Bloodshed in Nigeria

n September 10, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shia religious and political movement, marched in different cities across the north of Nigeria to mark the beginning of Ashura, a major Muslim holiday and fasting period. In doing so, they defied the government, which, in July, had banned the group. The IMN later claimed that fifteen of their members had been killed after police opened fire on the various IMN processions. The police denied the claim.

Protesters sit and hold posters that say "Buhari Free Zakzaky."

September 6, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 6, 2019

NSA recognizes need to share more information on cyber threats; China launches cyberattacks on Uighurs; Twitter disables Tweet via SMS after SIM swapping attack on CEO; state AGs begin big tech antit…

A young Uygur girl makes a phone call with her iPhone while walking past a propaganda wall.

August 6, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Cory Booker, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is America ready for a president who is single and a vegan? Cory Booker, New Jersey’s junior senator, certainly hopes so. The fifty-year-old former Rhodes Scholar would be the first bachelor elected …

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July 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Jay Inslee, Democratic Presidential Candidate

The two dozen candidates competing for the Democratic presidential nomination are all hoping to get to Washington. But so far no U.S. president has come from Washington. Governor Jay Inslee hopes to …

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June 17, 2019

Digital Policy
Can a Divided World Cope With the Risks of the Digital Revolution?

A new UN report on digital cooperation could fall on deaf ears in a period of intense global technology competition. 

An engineer stands under a base station antenna in Huawei's SG178 multi-probe spherical near-field testing system at its Songshan Lake Manufacturing Center in Dongguan, China, on May 30, 2019.

June 5, 2019

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The NBA's New Africa League Builds on Strong Foundation

In February, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that it would set up a twelve-team-league, Basketball Africa. Slated to begin in 2020, it would be the first time that the NBA helped operate a league outside of the United States and Canada. The league would be in partnership with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and would build on FIBA’s Africa League.

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