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September 16, 2020

Coronavirus
Beating COVID-19 in Africa Begins With National Labs

Although testing efforts have detected over 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 across Africa, experts agree that limited testing capacity has masked the full extent of disease spread and hampered control efforts.

A health worker, dressed in white personal protective equipment (PPE), holds up a coronavirus testing kit. The front says "biohazard, peligroso."

September 15, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Launches Community Policing Initiative

In the face of apparently soaring levels of crime and violence, the Nigerian government has launched a community policing initiative. Abuja has set aside N13 billion (about $35 million) to fund the launch and is recruiting some 10,000 constables.

Several police officers, dressed in blue vests with "POLICE" written on the back, run down a concrete road.

September 14, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 5-11

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 5 to 11, 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.

September 10, 2020

Nigeria
MNC Investment in Nigeria’s Niger Delta: Building Smarter Strategies for Peace

There are rarely any “quick wins” for MNCs in fragile and conflict affected environments like the Niger Delta, Nigeria, but the long term benefits of investing with foresight and knowledge can contribute to local and regional economies.

A confluence of rivers runs through a landscape of trees and bushes. Spillage of oil is visible on the water and onto land.

September 9, 2020

Namibia
Remembering Dirk Mudge, Pioneer of Multiracial Democracy in Namibia

Dirk Mudge, who died of COVID-19, certainly deserves recognition for his commitment to bringing democracy and majority rule to Namibia.

Small plastic flags of Namibia (a red stripe through blue and green corners, with a small yellow sun in the upper left blue corner) wave in a crowd.

September 8, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 29-September 4

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 29 to September 4, 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.

September 4, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Ten More Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. For our final week: films that we haven’t yet recommended and think we should. 

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: The Battle of Algiers/IMDB; The Imitation Game/Amazon; Duck Soup/Google Play; Seven Days in May/Golden Globes; Letters from Iwo Jima/Amazon.

September 3, 2020

South Africa
South Africa's Ramaphosa Tackles Corruption and Strengthens His Hand

South Africa's African National Congress' National Executive Council, led by Cyril Ramaphosa, appears to have taken meaningful steps against corruption while at the same time strengthening the president's position within the party.   

African man, South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa, waves and smiles. He is wearing a black suit, white shirt, and red tie.

September 2, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Atheist Arrested and Disappeared

The arrest and subsequent disappearance of Mubarak Bala, an avowed atheist from a prominent Muslim family, illustrates the fragility of human rights and the rule of law when an individual directly challenges the norms of conservative society in Nigeria.

Male protestors in Lagos protest against the government. The front sign reads "It is not a 'my religion or tribe is better than yours' matter. All our blood is red."

September 1, 2020

South Africa
South Africa Provides Good News on Seasonal Influenza

This year there have been almost no cases of seasonal influenza in South Africa. South African experts attribute the steps taken against coronavirus as stopping flu in its tracks. The news is promising for the United States and Europe.

A health worker, in full personal protective equipment (PPE), mops the floor in a sports gym turned into a temporary coronavirus treatment facility. There are three freshly-made beds in the picture.