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November 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria and the Nation-State

In Nigeria and the Nation-State, John Campbell explains what makes Nigeria different from other countries in Africa, how it works, and why understanding it is vital if we are to avoid the mistakes th…

Nigeria and the Nation-State Teaching Notes by John Campbell

November 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 7-13

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 7 to November 13, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

November 12, 2020

Nigeria
Harsh Measures in Nigeria

Human rights advocates in Nigeria and abroad are concerned that the Buhari administration is following a policy of repression following the demonstrations against abuses by the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A Nigerian police officer in full uniform speaks with two protesters during protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). There is a large crown in the background.

November 18, 2020

United States
Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA’s role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing.

Space Launch

November 10, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 31-November 6

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 31 to November 6, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

November 13, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: When Presidents Don’t Concede

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Trump puts the transition process in limbo and Biden begins building his team. 

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium with the words "Office of the President Elect."

November 6, 2020

Election 2020
Inevitable African Schadenfreude About U.S. Elections

For many Africans, the 2020 American presidential elections now underway expose the hypocrisy of American criticism of their own governance. That, in turn, can translate into increased interest in alternatives, such as that posed by China.

A table is seen in the foreground with piles of boxes from the U.S. Postal Service containing mail-in ballots. Several workers can be seen in the background counting ballots while wearing masks.

November 5, 2020

Election 2020
The Biden Administration's Approach to Africa

Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris will likely be elected president and vice president of the United States. A Biden administration's approach to Africa will depend on policy but also on who the president appoints to his cabinet and senior positions.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses a public forum at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. American and Kenyan flags can be seen in the background. A podium with the seal of the U.S. Vice President can be seen in the middle of the picture.

November 4, 2020

Global Governance
The ICC, the Trump Administration, and Africa

At present, the chief prosecutor is looking into whether there are grounds for an ICC investigation in Afghanistan that would primarily focus on the Taliban and Afghani forces but also U.S. military units.

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is seen consulting with another ICC employee. Ms. Bensouda is wearing judicial garb.

November 3, 2020

Elections and Voting
Musings on Elections in Africa on America's Election Day

Americans assume that free, fair, and credible elections are essential to democracy. Elsewhere, however, elections are rigged and serve mainly to consolidate the position of a "big man" and his cronies or to legitimate self-perpetuating elites.

A soldier can be seen leaning against a post with an assault rifle. A billboard for Ivory Coast's Independent Electoral Commission is seen in the background.