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February 1, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker is an effort to catalog and map political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. The data presented includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances directed at the state or other affiliative groups (or conversely the state employing violence to respond to those incidents.)

January 31, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats pan the Trump peace plan, Warren unveils her global health plan, and John Delaney depart…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks to a meeting with the Trump administration in Jerusalem in October 2019. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

January 31, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian House of Representatives Calls for Removal of Military Service Chiefs

On January 29, the Nigerian House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on all of the military service chiefs to resign. If they do not, the resolution called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fire them. Earlier, the Senate had also expressed the view that the service chiefs had to go. The House motion appears to be more formal than the Senate’s action. However, both reflect frustration at the resurgence of Boko Haram in the northeast.

 President Mohammadu Buhari poses with Nigeria's senior military officers during the Army Day celebration in Dansadau, northwest Nigerian Zamfara State, on July 13, 2016.

January 30, 2020

United States
CFR-UNH Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum

As part of the Election 2020 series, watch an in-depth, nonpartisan conversation featuring former government officials from Republican and Democratic administrations discussing the critical foreign p…

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January 28, 2020

Religion
Shia-Sunni Relations and the Implications of the Killing of Qasem Soleimani

Vali R. Nasr, Majid Khadduri professor of Middle East studies and international affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, discusses Shia-Sunni relations and the implicati…

January 29, 2020

Nigeria
Perceptions of Corruption in Nigeria Remain High, According to NGO

Transparency International (TI) has issued its Corruption Perceptions Index. As in previous years, its citizens and a selection of international organizations perceive Nigeria as one of Africa’s most corrupt countries. Nigeria’s ranking—146 out of 180 countries surveyed worldwide—is little changed from years past.

The sign of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), one of Nigeria's primary anti-corruption agencies, in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 3, 2016.

January 28, 2020

West Africa
Cutting U.S. Military Support for France in West Africa Would Be a Mistake

Since the last defense review more than a year ago, there has been a shift in U.S. defense priorities from countering terrorism to great power competition. Since then, the Department of Defense has been considering a drawdown of U.S. military assets in Africa, especially West Africa, presumably for redeployment to arenas of great power competition. That would be a mistake.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a press conference ahead of a G5 Sahel force meeting, with the heads of state for G5 Sahel countries, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, July 2, 2018.

January 27, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 18–24

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 18 to 24, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

January 24, 2020

Ukraine
Freedom of Expression in Crimea: Voices From Ukraine

A Ukrainian delegation of writers and human rights activists discuss the obstacles they face in their fight for freedom of expression in the region. This meeting is cosponsored with PEN America. 

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January 24, 2020

Elections and Voting
Cyber Week in Review: January 24, 2020

Cyber Command documents detail campaign to counter ISIS in cyberspace; Conflicting arguments surround the alleged hacking of Jeff Bezos’ phone; Suzhou uses facial recognition to shame pajama wearers;…

 Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, speaks at the Economic Club of Washington DC's "Milestone Celebration Dinner."