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May 5, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

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May 5, 2021

Nigeria
Measuring Boko Haram's Impact on State Security Services

This post analyzes Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) data on state security service casualties as a result of the Boko Haram conflict. The tracker shows deaths of security services in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

Several Nigerien soldiers are seen seated on a truck wearing military gear.

May 4, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 24–30

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 24 to April 30, 2021.

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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

May 4, 2021

United States
The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s.

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May 3, 2021

Nigeria
In a Reversal, Nigeria Wants U.S. Africa Command Headquarters in Africa

On April 27, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, requested that the United States move the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa. The request marks a reversal of official Nigerian opposition—first made public twelve years ago—to AFRICOM plans to move to the continent.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seen on a television screen speaking during a virtual visit to the U.S. State Department, in which he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

April 30, 2021

Benin
Benin's Democracy Continues its Downward Spiral

Benin has been something of a poster child for African democracy following its move away from Marxism–Leninism after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But since Patrice Talon was elected in 2016, the president has systematically squeezed the substance out of the democratic and constitutional forms, leaving only a shell.

Benin President Patrice Talon speaks with a group of observers from the African Union; all are wearing masks, while the observers wear vests and the president wears a suit.

April 29, 2021

Energy and Environment
Biden’s Ambitious Climate Pledge Puts U.S. Credibility on the Line

Biden’s Earth Day summit leaves important, lingering questions, the most important of these being the feasibility and credibility of his plans.

U.S. President Joe Biden looks on between Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, left, and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, right, during a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 2021.

April 28, 2021

Burkina Faso
Unanswered Questions Swirl Following Burkina Faso Murders

Western media reports that two Spanish filmmakers and the Irish president of a conservation non-governmental organization (NGO) were murdered in Burkina Faso near the border with Benin on April 26. Roberto Fraile and David Beriain were in Burkina Faso working on a documentary about poaching. They were accompanied by Rory Young, a Zambia-born Irish citizen who headed Chengeta Wildlife.

A convoy of Burkinabe sit on a jeep while traveling on a dirt road to patrol.

April 28, 2021

Asia
The Strategic Consequences of India’s COVID-19 Crisis

Daniel S. Markey is a senior research professor and academic director of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies' (SAIS) master of arts in global policy program. Last week, as the m…

Indian army soldiers walk along a road near Zojila mountain pass that connects Srinagar to the union territory of Ladakh, bordering China, on February 28, 2021.

April 27, 2021

Defense and Security
Lessons From History Series: Screening and Discussion of "Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden"

Ten years after the Abbottabad raid that found Osama bin Laden, speakers discuss the decade-long search to find the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The Lessons From History Series uses histo…

Play U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and Vice President Joe Biden (L), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room