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October 4, 2018

South Africa
Murders Within South Africa’s ANC Reflect Growing Divide

During the nine years that Jacob Zuma led the party and was chief of state, portions of the ANC increasingly came to resemble a criminal conspiracy. In some ways, the current round of killings resembles a feud among Mafiosi.

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October 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian and U.S. Flooding Similar, Linked to Climate Change

Nigerians fear that flooding in October 2018 could be as bad as or worse than it was in 2012, when two million Nigerians were displaced and 363 died. In 2015, floods displaced 100,000 and led to 53 deaths. In 2016, 92,000 were displaced 38 died. In 2017, floods affected 250,000. 

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October 1, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 22–28

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between September 22 to September 28.

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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.

September 28, 2018

Cameroon
America's Dilemma in Cameroon: Supporting an Abusive Military

Biya now faces two major security threats. In the southeast, where the Anglophone minority predominates, there is an insurrection in response to decades of repression and marginalization by Biya’s government. In the far north of Cameroon, predominately Muslim, is also disaffected from Biya’s ostensibly Christian regime. Boko Haram is active there.

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September 27, 2018

Nigeria
Obasanjo’s Costly Failed Third-Term Bid

Chidi Odinkalu and Ayisha Osori have published a book in Nigeria that says Obasanjo and his associates and supporters essentially stole $500 million to fund the incumbent’s efforts to amend the constitution so that he could run for a third term. The authors are both highly credible human rights lawyers.

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September 24, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 15–21

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between September 15 to September 21.

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September 26, 2018

South Sudan
Another Hollow Peace Deal Signed in South Sudan

On September 12 in Ethiopia, President Salva Kiir and former vice president and opposition leader Riek Machar signed what was meant to be the final peace deal in South Sudan’s civil war, bringing an end to nearly five years of fighting. The new deal would return Machar to power, where he would serve as the “first” of five vice presidents, and maintain Kiir as president.

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September 25, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Leader Shekau's Book Helps Explain Factional Rifts

In June 2018, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) leader, Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, released a history of his jihadist movement. In 2017, the Ansaru leader, under the pseudonym Abu Usama al-Ansari, also released his own history, while Abubakar Shekau released a book in the name of the Boko Haram faction he currently leads.

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September 20, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Trump Administration Cuts Refugee Admissions Further

The Trump administration has announced that it plans to reduce refugee admissions to the United States next year from 45,000 to 30,000. This would be the lowest ceiling for refugee admissions since 1…

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