August 22, 2018Nigeria
These are unsettled times in Nigerian politics. On August 7, masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), secret police, barricaded the national assembly in Abuja, preventing access by legislators. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo proceeded to fire DSS chief Lawal Daura and later placed him under house arrest.
August 14, 2018Nigeria
Domestic and international observers generally see Osinbajo as highly competent and his tenure as vice president a success. The Lagos business community, highly critical of Buhari’s economic policies, will welcome the prospect that Osinbajo will continue as vice president. He has been generally lauded for his role as acting president during Buhari's absences, most recently for his handling of a blockade of the national assembly by certain members of the security services.
September 18, 2018Nigeria
Education in Nigeria is in dire straits, and many Nigerians are acutely aware and concerned. At present, Nigeria has the highest percentage in the world of children not enrolled in school, and it is much higher in the south of the country than in the north. Overall, the UN Human Development Index ranks Nigeria 152nd out of 188 countries.
September 17, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between September 8 to September 14.
May 3, 2017Defense and Security
This week, I was joined by Professor Matthew Bunn, professor of practice at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and co-principal investigator of the Belfer Center for Internatio…
September 13, 2018China
With 700 million pigs, China has about half of the world’s swine population, which makes up their primary source of protein. African Swine Flu is almost 100 percent fatal to pigs, is highly infectious, and there is no vaccination against it.
September 12, 2018Mali
Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at the fastest rate in the world.
September 11, 2018International Criminal Court
National Security Advisor John Bolton criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a speech before the Federalist Society. Adjunct Senior Fellow for International and National Security Law Jo…