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October 21, 2020

Nigeria
Protests, Chaos in Nigeria

In Lagos, "security services" have fired on "peaceful protesters." This on top of COVID-19, low oil prices, and radical Islamist groups bent on destroying the state—Nigeria was in trouble even before the SARS demonstrations.

A picture of fires burning on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Thick black smoke is billowing into the sky. Several armed men can be seen patrolling the road.

October 2, 2020

Russia
Cyber Week in Review: October 2, 2020

Putin calls for cyberspace “truce;” Ransomware attack hits Las Vegas school district; The Department of Commerce imposes export licensing requirement for SMIC; Judge temporarily blocks TikTok ban; Un…

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the audience during Moscow City Day celebrations.

September 11, 2020

Cameroon
As Cameroon Crisis Continues, U.S. Officials Struggle to Exert Positive Influence

On September 8, U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Ben Cardin, joined by an impressive bipartisan group of cosponsors, introduced a resolution calling for an end to the violence in Cameroon and for inclusive dialogue to address the underlying political tensions

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy meets with Cameroonian President Paul Biya  in Yaoundé,  March 18, 2018

August 28, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Anti-War Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that highlight the costs of war.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Hotel Rwanda/Amazon; Born on the Fourth of July/TV Guide; Gallipoli/IMDB; Paths of Glory/Amazon; Full Metal Jacket/TV Guide; All Quiet on the Western Front/IMDB

May 19, 2020

Rwanda
Financier of Rwandan Genocide Will Finally Face Justice in Court

On May 17, twenty-six years after the Rwandan genocide, Félicien Kabuga was finally arrested outside of Paris.  He had been a wanted man for decades, and was the most notorious architect of the 1994 atrocities still at large.

Eric Emeraux, head of the Gendarmerie's Central Office for Combating Crimes Against Humanity, Genocides and War Crimes (OCLCH), diplays documents with a wanted poster depicting a photograph of Felicien Kabuga during an interview with Reuters at his office, about the arrest of Rwandan genocide fugitive suspect Felicien Kabuga, in Paris, France, May 19, 2020

November 21, 2019

Nigeria
Abacha, Abiola, and Nigeria’s 1999 Transition to Civilian Rule

The 1999 transition of Nigeria from military to civilian, democratic government, is a defining moment in Nigerian history, representing the beginning of the longest, uninterrupted government since independence in 1960. But what exactly transpired during the period of transition, which began in earnest with the death of military dictator Sani Abacha in1998, is not entirely clear. Max Siollun, in a fascinating study of the period, Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune, has done us a service by illuminating some of the behind-the-scenes machinations of that period, and putting to bed some of the rumors that passed for history.

A supporter of Chief Mashood Abiola holds up a newpaper during a demonstration outside the family home July 10 to protest about the suspicious nature of his death.

November 6, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox: Should the United States Do Less Overseas?

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now live. The Iowa caucuses, the formal start of the presidential nominating process, are just three months away. Given that elections matter for U.S. f…

An American flag flies on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

August 15, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Elizabeth Warren announced on March 5, 2020, that she was ending her campaign. As politicians, Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Warren are opposites. He wanted to unleash the power of the marke…

Elizabeth Warren

August 8, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Tim Ryan, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Tim Ryan announced on October 24, 2019, that he was ending his campaign. Niles, Ohio, is one of the few places in the United States that can say it is the birthplace of a president. Americ…

Tim Ryan

July 18, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola Reaches DRC Border City of Two Million, WHO Responds

The recent designation of Ebola as a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) is a positive development in efforts to contain the disease. The decision highlights the importance of containing the disease to an international audience; the WHO’s designation is being widely carried by the international media. 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sits in front of a World Health Organization sign.