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May 30, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Manuel Noriega, 1934-2017

Manuel Noriega died over the weekend, and therein lie many tales. The ancient Latin bromide de mortuis nihil nisi bonum must be stretched to discuss Noriega, who until his capture and jailing by t…

February 18, 2014

Trade
The North American Summit: Robert Pastor's Roadmap for Progress

This week's meeting in Toluca, Mexico between President Obama and his Canadian and Mexican counterparts offers a long overdue opportunity to jump start a new North American agenda. What should it loo…

A monument marks the border between the U.S. and Mexico in Laredo, Texas (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters).

August 29, 2022

Nigeria
Nigerian Higher Education at a Crossroads

The Nigerian government and university professors stare each other down as the fate of the country’s tertiary education hangs in the balance.

Hundreds of people wearing colorful shirts march in a ralley in Abuja, Nigeria.

August 8, 2022

Nigeria
A Religious Dilemma

Nigerian Christians must decide whether to cut or thrust

A man holds a palm cross in his hands during a Catholic church service.

March 14, 2022

Nigeria
Mummy G.O.: Nigeria’s Much-Derided Pentecostal Preacher Enunciates a Powerful Social Critique

Within the space of a few months, fifty-five-year-old evangelist Olufunmilayo Adebayo, popularly known as Mummy G.O., has gone from the relative obscurity of downscale Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, to the most discussed subject in contemporary Nigerian Pentecostalism. The target of a blizzard of savage internet memes and unrelenting mockery, the founder and leader of the self-styled Rapture Proclaimer Evangelical Church of God (RAPEC) has been getting all the attention in a context where the leading—and mostly male—clerical figures dominate the news as a matter of course.

Worshippers attending mass wear face masks and sit in individual chairs six feet away from each other.

April 24, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Trevor Manuel Uses the “Apartheid Card” to Force the Issue of NDP Implementation

This is a guest post by John Causey, a private equity consultant based in Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in sub-Saharan Africa transactions, with investors mainly from the EU and U.S. The r…

South Africa's Finance Minister Trevor Manuel chats with ruling African National Congress President Jacob Zuma in Parliament in Cape Town during the swearing in of members and the formal election of the country's president, May 6, 2009.

February 3, 2022

Ghana
Behind Africans’ Thirst for Prophecy; Confusion About the Present and Anxiety About the Future

Late last year, the Ghana Police Service issued a statement in which it warned those it referred to as “doomsday prophets” to desist from prophesying or face prosecution and a term of imprisonment of up to five years. It reminded the Ghanaian public that “it is a crime for a person to publish or reproduce a statement, rumor or report which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or disturb the public peace, where that person has no evidence to prove that the statement, rumor or report is true.”

Nigerian preacher in a white robe up on a stage talks to a multitude of believers in the background in a mega church.

June 23, 2022

Nigeria
APC Runs Into Headwinds as Christian Opposition to Muslim-Muslim Ticket Gains Traction in Nigeria

Presidential candidate faces a dilemma as religious factor threatens to undo campaign. 

Nigeria's All Progressives Congress (APC) party stands together and waves their party flag.

May 26, 2022

Nigeria
Reaction to “Blasphemy” Killing Illustrates Complicated Role of Religion in Nigeria’s Democratic Transition

Horrendous killing of college sophomore highlights the country’s ethnoreligious fault line, but interdenominational rivalry in the south is of no less moment. All in all, reactions to the murder of Ms. Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level home economics student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, have exposed Nigeria’s deepest political fractures and lingering questions over citizenship, national identity, and secularity. On May 12, following disagreement over a WhatsApp voice note deemed to have been blasphemous against Islam and Prophet Muhammad, a mob comprising some of the twenty-two-year-old’s schoolmates brutally clubbed and stoned her to death, after which they proceeded to incinerate her body.

Pastor lectures with a microphone and gestures with his arm wearing a formal attire.

June 24, 2022

Philippines
What Can Be Learned From Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s First Weeks in Office?

The early days of the Marcos Jr. administration may preview the remainder of his term.

Philippine president-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, attends a news conference at his headquarters in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on May 23, 2022.