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April 21, 2021

Global Governance
The Biden Administration and the Future of Multilateralism

For multilateralism to be credible, the Biden administration will need to reconsolidate a U.S. political consensus on global engagement and persuade foreign partners of America’s global staying power…

U.S. President Joe Biden gives remarks with a mask in his hand, in front of a portrait of a pensive President Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2021.

April 21, 2021

Chad
Deby's Death Heightens Uncertainty in Chad, West Africa

Chad strongman Idriss Deby's death on April 20, allegedly in combat with rebel forces that had crossed over from Libya, is bad news for the immediate struggle against jihadi radicalism in Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon. The news is also unwelcome for France and the United States.

A picture of recently deceased Chadian President Idriss Deby, sitting in front of a soldier wearing military fatigues.

April 20, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian and Western Values Collide

The United Kingdom-based website openDemocracy complained about the homophobic content on T.B. Joshua's YouTube channel. YouTube has now shut down the channel, which claimed over 1.8 million subscribers and 600 million viewers.

A woman cries as Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua places his hand on her head.

April 19, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 10–16

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 10 to April 16, 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.

April 16, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 16, 2021

Data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users leaked online; Biden taps National Security Agency veteran as first national cyber director; Operation to block hacker access to Microsoft Exchange servers approve…

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Russia in the East Room at the White House.

April 16, 2021

Nigeria
Yoruba Debate "Restructuring" of Nigeria or "Autonomy"

Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland Gani Adams, in a speech at a book launch in Lagos on April 14 said that the Yoruba people have "graduated from restructuring to self-determination." He continued by saying that Nigeria is dominated by a "main powerful bloc."

A picture of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, being interviewed. A collection of microphones have been thrust by reporters in front of him.

April 15, 2021

Nigeria
Ambiguous Reporting Emerges From the Nigeria-Cameroon Border

A recent Voice of America report describes the gradual resumption of cross-border economic activity with Cameroon in the far northeastern sliver of Nigeria that borders on Cameroon and Chad.

A soldier patrols in northern Cameroon in an area afflicted by the Boko Haram insurgency. A woman stands behind him in the distance next to a structure made out of metal and spare wood.

April 13, 2021

Chad
Chad Holds Another Sham Election

On April 11, Chadians went cast their votes to elect a president. Not that the outcome was ever in doubt: incumbent president Idriss Deby, born in 1952, said publicly that he knew in advance that he would win "as I have done for the last thirty years."

A picture of Chadian President Idriss Deby.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

April 12, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 3–9

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 3 to April 9, 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.