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January 15, 2021

Democracy
Dear America: The Rest of The World is Watching

On January 6, a large group of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to unconstitutionally obstruct the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. The events could prove detrimental for democracy in the developing world.

The Capitol is seen behind a fence and a sign that reads "AREA CLOSED By order of the United States Capitol Police Board,", in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2021.

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.

January 25, 2021

North Korea
What Kind of North Korea Will Biden Face?

North Korea will likely continue to develop its nuclear program, but Kim Jong-un could return to negotiations if the United States makes concessions.

December 30, 2020

Nigeria
What’s Behind the Recent Student Abductions in Nigeria?

Abductions of hundreds of students in northwestern Nigeria are the latest examples of a common tactic among criminal and jihadi groups, underscoring that Boko Haram is far from the government’s only …

December 22, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 12–18

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from December 12 to December 18, 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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

December 29, 2020

Coronavirus
Resurgence of COVID-19 in Africa

South Africa is once again the epicenter of the current wave of infections, driven, apparently, by a mutant strain of the virus. According to health experts, South Africa now accounts for an estimated 40 percent of COVID-19 cases in Africa.

A group of South African commuters can be seen sitting inside of a transport van. Some are wearing masks, while others are not.

December 28, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 19–25

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from December 19 to December 25, 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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

January 6, 2021

Coronavirus
Vaccine Diplomacy: China and SinoPharm in Africa

On December 3, John Nkengasong, director, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), announced a 60 percent vaccination target—one estimate of the level needed to achieve herd immunity from COVID-19—in Africa’s fifty-four countries.

A presentation of a vaccine under development by SinoPharm, a Chinese company, that is to be used to provide immunity against COVID-19

December 23, 2020

Nigeria
Darkness in Northern Nigeria

There are signs that as the Nigerian army and the police continue to fail to meet the security needs of the people, they will turn toward repression. In November, Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai called on all troops to put themselves in a "war mode."

Two Nigerian men, one wearing Islamic dress, put up a sign that readds "#BringBackOurBoys Empowered by Coalition of Northern Groups."

January 19, 2021

North Korea
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: A North Korea Crisis

Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. As we turn the calendar on 2020 and embark on 2021, the inc…

A general view of Panmunjom is seen ahead of a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Panmunjon declaration between North and South Korean leaders, on April 27, 2019.