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January 6, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Buhari Moves to Fix Deficiencies in Fight Against Boko Haram

Nigerian security service abuses have been a driver of recruitment for Boko Haram, the radical, jihadist movement that seeks to destroy the secular state. Abuses have reflected poor leadership, poor …

Buhari Fixes

December 1, 2015

Global
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2016

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and fifteen witnessed several significant historical anniversaries: the octocentenni…

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February 11, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nelson Mandela Freed Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

In 1964, Nelson Mandela was convicted of sabotage in conjunction with the armed struggle against apartheid in the Rivonia Trial. He was sentenced to life in prison. His statement at his sentencing wa…

Mandela 25 Years Prison

June 14, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nuhu Ribadu and Political Action in Nigeria

This is a guest post by Charlotte Renfield-Miller; a master of arts in law and diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy specializing in development economics and human security…

Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate and former anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu speaks during the flag-off of the ACN governorship campaign in Lagos March 5, 2011.

July 3, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Climate Change and Conflict Triggers

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

A Kenyan woman fetches water from a gully in Nyakach district, an area where massive land degradation has been exacerbated by livestock grazing and a rapidly increasing population, in western Kenya June 28, 2005.

October 25, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Archbishop John Onaiyekan Appointed as Cardinal

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Abuja Archbishop John Onaiyekan and five others as cardinals. Archbishop Onaiyekan is known for his peace and reconciliation work across the …

Worshippers gather for evening mass at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Onitsha, Nigeria. 14/04/2005

May 30, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Fuel Subsidy Haunts Nigeria — Again

According to the Nigerian press, funding for the fuel subsidy has run out, with seven months left in the year. Further, the press quotes the executive secretary of the Major Oil Marketers Association…

A member of the Nigerian Bar Association holds up a placard to protest a fuel subsidy removal in Lagos January 5, 2012.

June 26, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Nigeria’s New Security: Dasuki in, Azazi out

President Goodluck Jonathan’s dismissal of Andrew Azazi as his national security advisor and of Bello Haliru as minister of defense is his most dramatic response thus far to Boko Haram. Below is long…

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan (C) arrives with his security officials to inspect the site of a plane crash at Iju-Ishaga neighbourhood, Lagos June 4, 2012.

May 17, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Mali: ’No Country for Old Men?’

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

Coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo attends a ceremony as former parliament speaker Dioncounda Traore (unseen) is sworn in as Mali's interim president in the captial Bamako, April 12, 2012.

December 2, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Protection of State Information Bill a Blemish on South Africa

Signs are seen in the air as demonstrators protest against the passing of the Protection of Information Bill outside Parliament in Cape Town November 22, 2011. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters) South Afri…

Protection of State Information Bill a Blemish on South Africa