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February 4, 2020

Nigeria
Trump Administration Bans Immigrants From Nigeria

Nigeria has been added to a list of countries whose citizens will in some way be restricted from entering the United States. According to a White House statement, Nigeria is not complying with “the established identity-management and information sharing criteria assessed by performance metrics. Nigeria does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information, which is necessary for the protection of the national security and public safety of the United States.”

A family exits after clearing immigration and customs at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, United States, on September 24, 2017.

February 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Making Its Mark on the English Language

In its February update, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) includes numerous new words of Nigerian origin. Many of the words relate to food preparation, urban transportation, the shortening of conventional English words, and the incorporation of words from indigenous languages. For example, ‘mama put’ refers to female food venders, ‘okada’ are passenger-carrying motorcycles, ‘guber’ refers to gubernatorial, and ‘danfo’ is the Yoruba work for urban minibuses.

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks at a podium, effectively a high-table. She is wearing a blouse of varying shades of orange, and is standing in front of a black background speckled with white.

February 12, 2020

Coronavirus
The Potential for the Coronavirus in Africa

In Africa, observers are acutely aware of how ill-prepared most countries are for responding to a major pandemic. With more than a billion people undergoing rapid urbanization, weak healthcare systems, and growing economic ties with China, Africa would appear to be highly vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus.

A female health worker in a white shirt, medical gloves, and a blue mask, uses an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of a young, male traveller who  as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on January 30, 2020. Behind them are other passengers and health workers and a yellow "Economy" sign.

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.

February 10, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 1–7

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from February 1 to 7, 2020.

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

February 14, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
WHO Retains Ebola’s Public Health Emergency Designation in Congo

The number of cases of Ebola in the eastern Congo continues to fall, and there had been speculation that the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee would remove the designation of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) from the outbreak. However, at its February 12 meeting, the Committee voted unanimously to keep the designation.

A grey metallic sign with a blue World Health Organization logo on it is pictured in front of a light bluish-green WHO building.

February 7, 2020

Zimbabwe
Little Has Changed in Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

After thirty-seven years in power, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was toppled via a military coup in November 2017. His successor and former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, promised a break from Mugabe’s authoritarian rule and economic mismanagement, declaring a “new Zimbabwe” that is “open for business.” After two years in power, to what extent has Mnangagwa delivered on his promises? In short, it’s bleak.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa's supporters arrive for the ruling ZANU PF party's annual conference on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, on December 13, 2019.

February 11, 2020

Nigeria
Despite Travel Ban, Trump Remains Popular in Nigeria

Despite President Donald Trump’s ban on Nigerian immigration to the United States, he apparently remains popular among Nigerias. The Washington Post headline was “Trump Trashes Nigeria and Bans Its Immigrants. Nigerians Love Him for It.” The article, by Nigerian writer and journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, ascribes Trump’s popularity to the perception that he is “tough, no-nonsense, blunt, pro-religion, and entertaining.” He also says what Nigerians believe to be true: the international community does not want to welcome a wave of Nigerian immigrants.

Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Department of State on February 4, 2020, in Washington, DC.

February 3, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 25–31

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from January 25 to 31, 2020.

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

September 24, 2019

United Nations
The Role of the UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly hosts a much-watched debate of world leaders each year but has struggled to make its work more substantive. The seventy-fourth session will likely be dominated by issues inclu…

UN Secretary-General speaks at a podium before delegates at the UN headquarters in New York.