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August 28, 2018

United States
Scoop Jackson and John McCain

In the course of my career I've had the great privilege of working for Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson and knowing John McCain, two of the most consequential senators of the last seventy-five years. And the…

October 18, 2018

Development
Africa Near the Bottom of World Bank's New Human Capital Index

The World Bank has recently released its Human Capital Index, part of the Human Capital Project. The index seeks to measure how much economic productivity per capita is being lost because of underinvestment in human capital.

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October 16, 2018

Development
President Trump Embraces Foreign Aid After Trying to Gut It

The Trump administration has apparently reversed its position on development assistance and the use of soft power in the developing world, and Africa is likely to be a major beneficiary.

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October 15, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 6–12

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between October 6 to October 12.

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October 12, 2018

Nigeria
Making Sense of Nigeria's Upcoming Presidential Election

Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump. 

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October 10, 2018

South Africa
South African Finance Minister Nene Resigns Amid Political Pressure

On October 9, President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister. Critics are accusing Nene of lying about the frequency of his contacts with the notorious Gupta family, which is now being investigated for “state capture.”

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October 11, 2018

Cameroon
Refugees From Anglophone Cameroon Enter Nigeria, Straining Relations

Fighting between government forces and Anglophone separatist groups, particularly in the country’s North West and South West regions, has killed approximately 400 civilians and displaced some 246,000 people in the South West region alone as of August 2018. 

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October 9, 2018

Nigeria
The Stage Is Set for Nigeria's February 2019 Presidential Election

Nigeria’s presidential election is scheduled for February 16, 2019. The two largest parties, the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) completed their primaries last weekend. The APC unanimously selected President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate. The PDP primary included a number of candidates, but the party chose former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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October 8, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 29–October 5

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between September 29 to October 5.

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October 5, 2018

International Law
Thoughts on the ICJ’s Decision in Iran v United States and the Trump Administration’s Treaty Withdrawals

The following is a guest post by John B. Bellinger III, adjunct senior fellow for international and national security law at the Council on Foreign Relations. This post originally ran on Lawfare. …

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