October 10, 2018China
The absence of a U.S. response to China’s encroachment on Asia’s rivers points to a failure to comprehend the regional implications of increased competition for water resources.
October 11, 2018Cameroon
Fighting between government forces and Anglophone separatist groups, particularly in the country’s North West and South West regions, has killed approximately 400 civilians and displaced some 246,000 people in the South West region alone as of August 2018.
September 14, 2018Conflict Prevention
The United States still does not have an effective strategic foresight system to assess and mitigate geopolitical risks.
September 28, 2018Cameroon
Biya now faces two major security threats. In the southeast, where the Anglophone minority predominates, there is an insurrection in response to decades of repression and marginalization by Biya’s government. In the far north of Cameroon, predominately Muslim, is also disaffected from Biya’s ostensibly Christian regime. Boko Haram is active there.
October 16, 2018Development
The Trump administration has apparently reversed its position on development assistance and the use of soft power in the developing world, and Africa is likely to be a major beneficiary.
October 15, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between October 6 to October 12.
October 12, 2018Nigeria
Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump.
October 10, 2018South Africa
On October 9, President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister. Critics are accusing Nene of lying about the frequency of his contacts with the notorious Gupta family, which is now being investigated for “state capture.”