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July 16, 2020

Nigeria
Mixed Results in Evaluation of Multinational Effort Against Boko Haram

International Crisis Group has issued a thoughtful evaluation of the effort by Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, and Niger to coordinate their efforts against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin. The instrument is the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Four heads of state pose for a photo. From left to right, the president of Niger in a white Nigerien boo boo (long robe) with a maroon cap. The president of Benin in a royal blue suit with a salmon tie and white shirt. The president of Chad in a dark green tunic with a cap, and the president of Nigeria in a powder blue boubous (billowy robe), with a green embroidered cap.

July 15, 2020

South Korea
Remembering General Paik Sun-yup

Without Paik’s herculean effort, South Korea as we know it today—a vibrant, capitalist, and liberal democracy—wouldn’t exist.

General Paik Sun-yup, 1950

July 15, 2020

South Africa
Ramaphosa Reimposes COVID-19 Restrictions in South Africa

In a nationwide broadcast on July 12, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he was reimposing the ban on alcohol and a curfew. Both measures were imposed earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic and were designed to ease the strain on hospitals.

A soldier in military fatigues holds his rifle in one hand while he gestures to a man in a red coat with a backpack. They are standing on a street of shops with metal gates pulled down, lit by blue-purple light. Everyone in the picture is wearing masks.

July 14, 2020

Nigeria
The Prospect of Local Policing Amid Security Breakdown in Nigeria

Amotekun, known officially as the Western Nigeria Security Network, is funded by the governors and has the blessing of traditional Yoruba leaders. The Nigerian National Assembly is considering recognition and authorization of regional police forces.

A police officer in dark pants and a blue, short-sleeved shirt with a black cap, tried to block the path of protestors carrying signs on a street in Abuja. He is armed with a baton.

July 13, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 4–10

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 4 to 10, 2020.

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.

July 10, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five POW Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about prisoners of war.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Unbroken/Amazon; The Bridge on the River Kwai/Golden Globes; The Deer Hunter/IMDB; The Great Escape/ABC; Stalag 17/History Net; Rescue Dawn/IMP Awards.

July 9, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Army Statements Bely Facts on the Ground in Northeast

Nigerian army spokesmen have announced a series of successes against Boko Haram and that terrorism had been significantly weakened in the Lake Chad Basin. But such announcements lack credibility.    …

A damaged military vehicle is pictured in the northeast town of Gudumbali, after an attack by members of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), Nigeria September 11, 2018.

July 8, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine a Light on Local Police Brutality

There has been reporting on police brutality in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, especially in Kenya and South Africa, where Western media is based. The popular African perception is that police brutality is the norm.

I young black man with a light blue medical mask on which is written in red "I can't breathe," looks in the direction of the camera, with his right hand holding a black sign that says "Stop Killer Cops" and his left hand raised in a fist. He is flanked by other protestors in masks and with signs.

July 7, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
How to Think About Africa’s “Rising Middle Class” Amid COVID-19

Conventional wisdom is that Africa's rising middle class is the engine for economic and social development. However, on a continent of 1.3 billion people resident in more than fifty countries, this trope may obscure more than it illuminates.

Customers shop for essential commodities inside the Naivas supermarket as residents stock their homes amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nairobi, Kenya March 23, 2020.

July 6, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 27–July 3

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 27 to July 3, 2020.

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.