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September 13, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Reflecting on Africa’s Last Decade

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell reflects on his last decade writing for Africa in Transition.

Three zebras walk through tall grasses, with a skyline view of Nairobi in the background.

December 4, 2020

North Korea
Good Biden-Kim Relationship Necessary to Avoid a Nuclear Crisis

The incoming Biden administration will face a nuclear catastrophe unless it can build good relations with North Korea. The U.S. President-Elect can begin by sending the right signals to North Korean …

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at the conference of the Central Military Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 23, 2020.

May 25, 2018

North Korea
Can the Trump-Kim Summit Be Rescheduled?

On Thursday, the White House canceled the highly-anticipated June 12 summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. Despite will on all sides for the summit to proceed, a fundamental disagreement on…

A TV displays a news report on a canceled summit between the United States and North Korea, in Seoul, South Korea, May 25, 2018.

July 21, 2021

Nigeria
Jihadis Claim to be Uniting in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram, the jihadi insurrection associated with some 350,000 deaths since 2009 in northeast Nigeria, was characterized by factions—conflict among which was bloody—though at times they appear to have cooperated tactically. Now, the faction associated with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), is claiming to have incorporated the followers of the rival faction led by Abubakar Shekau. (Weeks ago, Shekau died, apparently after committing suicide in a standoff with ISWA.)

A wall that has "Hate Evil" and "Boko Haram is Evil" scrawled on it.

July 13, 2021

Nigeria
T.B. Joshua: A Preacher Who Held Outsized Influence in Nigeria and Africa

Policy makers, diplomats, and commentators in the secular West often fail to take into account the profound influence of religious leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, whether among Christians, Muslims, or adherents of traditional religions. Heaven, hell, and what secularists regard as magic are literal realities, more immediate than government policy or the pronouncements of political leaders. What the preacher says is more credible than the utterances of politicians.

T.B. Joshua, a now-deceased Nigerian pastor, holds his hand on a woman's face. The woman holds her hands raised with her palms upward.

September 8, 2021

Guinea
Coups are Back in West Africa

The coup in Guinea deposed Alpha Conde, who had been elected in less-than-credible elections.

Several men in military uniform ride in the back of a military pickup through the streets. Supporters line the streets with their arms outstretched.

September 7, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 28–September 3

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 28 to September 3, 2021.

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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

September 2, 2021

Nigeria
Taliban Capture of Super Tucano Highlights Risk in Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially placed in service six A-29 Super Tucanos, light turboprop aircraft manufactured by Embraer (Brazil) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (United States). Six more Super Tucanos will be delivered later this year in a deal set to cost the Nigerian government about $500 million. According to the American embassy in Abuja, the sale is the largest in sub-Saharan Africa under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

Four A-29 Super Tucanos wait at an airbase.

July 1, 2019

North Korea
Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting: Is Kim Jong-un Foil, Friend, or Foe?

Without proper preparations, what can a handshake at the DMZ deliver?

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October 18, 2021

Indonesia
Why Indonesia’s Youth Hold the Key to its Tech Sector Progress

As our recent report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) outlines, Indonesia’s government is seeking to leverage AI to build a stronger economy and a more technologically resilient society. As the second Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nation to publish a national AI strategy, Indonesia is pushing for rapid and comprehensive AI integration in both its public and private sectors, particularly in health services, education and research, and transportation.

Workers in an office sit at wheeled chairs, most working on laptops.