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October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.

October 14, 2020

West Africa
Anti-Police Demonstrations in Nigeria

Protests in Nigeria against police are being supported by the Nigerian diaspora, which is linking them to Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the United States and Europe. The focus of the current demonstrations is the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

An armored police vehicle shoots a water cannon at protesters in the streets of Abuja, Nigeria.

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan

Soldiers

October 13, 2020

International Organizations
Nigerian (and American) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Finalist for WTO Director General

The two finalists for the position of director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are Yoo Myung-hee, Republic of Korea, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian and (since 2019) an American citizen.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian woman running for WTO director general, raises her left arm while speaking. She is wearing a traditional headdress.

October 12, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 3-9

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 3 to October 9, 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.

October 12, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker catalogs and maps political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. Ii includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances.

October 9, 2020

Kenya
Justice, Terrorism, and Nairobi's Westgate Mall

The 2013 al-Shabab attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall lasted four days and left sixty-seven shoppers dead, the youngest an eight-year-old child. The attack was seen as a response to Kenyan military activity in Somalia against al-Shabab that began in 2011.

A picture of several men working in the rubble of a destroyed building. A blue truck is parked with its rear doors open.

October 8, 2020

Coronavirus
Senegal Pilgrimage Tests Resistance to COVID-19

Senegal is a major center of West African Islam, and its imams, mullah, and brotherhoods are influential across the Sahel. The holy city of Touba, 120 miles east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar, is the site of a major annual pilgrimage called the Magal

Woman wearing personal protective gear performs a nasal swab on a man sitting on a hospital bed.

October 13, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 245 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

Navy

October 7, 2020

Mali
Military Consolidates its Hold on Mali's Interim Government

On October 5, Mali's interim president, retired colonel Bah Ndaw, announced his cabinet. As is frequent in West Africa, it is large, with twenty-five members.

Two African men, one in military clothing, one in traditional white clothing, attend a presidential inauguration. The flag of Mali can be seen.