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February 4, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: John Delaney, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Someone had to be first. When it comes to the 2020 presidential campaign, that person is John Delaney. He’s certainly no Johnny-come-lately to the race. He declared his candidacy back on July 28, 201…

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March 22, 2019

Mozambique
The American Midwest and Southeastern Africa Hit by Storms and Flooding

In March, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi have experienced severe flooding from Cyclone Idai. Around the same time, parts of Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska experienced devastating flooding along parts of the Missouri River system caused by heavy snowmelt and rain. 

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March 21, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola in DRC Spreads to Urban Areas Amid Conflict

A case of Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic fever with terrifying symptoms, has been found in the second-largest city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The city, Bunia, has a population of almost one million. The disease has already been identified in Butembo and Beni, the former with a population slightly larger than Bunia, the latter slightly smaller. The disease is now urban and rural in eastern Congo.

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March 20, 2019

South Africa
ANC Power Broker Arrested Prior to Elections in South Africa

South Africa’s national elections will take place on May 8. Looking toward that event, the African national Congress (ANC) and its leader, state president Cyril Ramaphosa, is working to improve the party’s image, much besmirched by corruption and mafia-style assassinations.

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March 19, 2019

Nigeria
Atiku Appeals Buhari's Election Victory in Nigeria

In Nigeria’s presidential elections in February, incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was declared the winner, but his primary opponent, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, is challenging those results in court. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Buhari received 15.2 million votes, or about 56 percent of the total, to Atiku’s 11.3 million, or 41 percent. 

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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…

March 18, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 9–15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 9 to 15, 2019.

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March 12, 2019

Nigeria
Suspected Leadership Changes to IS-Backed Boko Haram Faction Continue

In September 2018, there were reports that Nur was murdered by his own faction because he was too “soft”, that he misappropriated ransom money, and even that he might have been open to a dialogue with the Nigerian government. In late February 2018, ISWA reportedly replaced al-Barnawi with Abu Abdullah Ibn Umar al-Barnawi.

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March 11, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 2–8

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 2 to 8, 2019.

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March 14, 2019

South Sudan
How Oil Companies Help Fund Violence in South Sudan

On February 20, the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan issued its third report. Despite the peace deal signed five months ago, it documented an increase in cases of rape and sexual violence over the past year, concluding that the crimes had “become quite normalized” in South Sudan. Driving much of this is oil. 

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