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July 17, 2018

South Africa
Mandela’s Centenary Is Marked by the Rise of Close Friend Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa since January, was a close colleague of Nelson Mandela and regularly associates himself with the Mandela legacy and seeks to restore the late president’s values as South Africa’s lodestar.

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March 23, 2018

United States
John Bolton, Sovereignty Warrior

The president has selected the nation’s premier champion of a narrow, defensive, and ultimately self-defeating approach to the U.S. role in the world.

John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland on February 24, 2017.

August 28, 2018

United States
Scoop Jackson and John McCain

In the course of my career I've had the great privilege of working for Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson and knowing John McCain, two of the most consequential senators of the last seventy-five years. And the…

September 6, 2018

Cybersecurity
Why Cyber Conflict as an Academic Discipline Struggles to Make Its Mark in Political Science

It is easy to draw analogies between early nuclear scholarship and its cyber counterpart. However, three factors make scholarly research about cyber conflict a significantly more challenging task.

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November 2, 2018

Nigeria
Dozens Reportedly Killed as Nigerian Military Fires on Shia Protesters

Between October 27 and 30, protesters from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shia religious organization led by the pro-Iranian Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, clashed with security services in and around Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The IMN reported that Nigerian security services had killed at least forty of its members during the marches.

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November 14, 2018

South Africa
South Africa National Elections Scheduled for May 2019

The South African Independent Electoral Commission has announced that national elections will occur on a Wednesday between May 7 and the end of the month in 2019. The three leading parties will be the governing African National Congress (ANC), led by current state President Cyril Ramaphosa; the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), led by Mmusi Maimane; and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by Julius Malema.

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November 3, 2011

Ivory Coast
Low School Attendance Marks Slow Recovery for Ivory Coast

Damage to a school building located near the military camp of Akouedo is seen following fire from U.N. and French military aircraft in Abidjan April 10, 2011. (Thierry Gouegnon/Courtesy Reuters) In …

Low School Attendance Marks Slow Recovery for Ivory Coast

November 13, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 3–9

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between November 2 to 9.

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November 8, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon's Future Looks Grim as Biya Begins Another Term

On November 4, two days before Biya’s inauguration, seventy-eight students, the principal, and two staff members were kidnapped from a Presbyterian school near Bamenda, in the Anglophone part of the country. On November 7, officials reported that the seventy-eight students were freed the day before, as was a staff member. As of November 8, the principal, a teacher, and perhaps more children, were still in captivity.

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November 6, 2018

Food and Water Security
Conflict at the Root of Food Insecurity in Africa

The report shows that the majority of Africans experiencing high levels of food insecurity, 107 out of 143 million, live in countries experiencing or affected by conflict. Eleven out of the twelve countries in conflict are experiencing the highest level of food insecurity. It is clear from the report that conflict appears to be at the root of food insecurity.

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