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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 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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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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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 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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March 7, 2019

Nigeria
Democracy in Nigeria Has Stalled

On February 23, President Muhammadu Buhari was elected to a second term, defeating the chief opposition candidate and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. As always, there was more violence associated with the elections than received attention in the Western media, but fortunately there was no spike when the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) announced the results. Despite the elections’ significant shortcomings, most Nigerians appear to accept the results. 

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March 8, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria's Laws Hold Women Back, and the Economy Suffers

According to the CFR Women and Foreign Policy Program’s new digital report, Growing Economies Through Gender Parity, Nigeria's GDP could grow by 23 percent—or $229 billion—by 2025 if women participated in the economy to the same extent as men. As President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo begin to think about how to improve the economy over their second term, eliminating legal barriers to women’s economic participation is a good place to start.

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