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June 18, 2015

Vatican City
How to Read Pope Francis on the Environment

The pope’s encyclical on the environment carries a profoundly religious message about care for the earth, wedded to a new call for activism, say religious scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

May 22, 2020

Coronavirus
Scaling Up African Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in a Time of COVID-19

Africa is vulnerable to disruptions in global supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with respect to pharmaceuticals, because between 70 and 90 percent are imported. But it has underutilized capacity to make up the difference.

Michael Otieno, a pharmacist, smiles as he marks with a pen a bottle of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs at the Mater Hospital in Kenya's capital Nairobi, on September 10, 2015. He is wearing a white doctor's coat and is framed by a wooden booth.

May 21, 2020

Coronavirus
Limiting the COVID-19 Food Crisis in Africa Begins With Local Farmers

The COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges for African agriculture. Farming is the dominant way people in sub-Saharan Africa earn their living and feed their families. Government restrictions on movement could threaten food security if not done properly.

Farmer Leticia Kangwa uses a hand washing station she installed outside her home after learning about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in April 2020, in Zambia.

May 20, 2020

Mozambique
Preventing the Next Boko Haram in Northern Mozambique

The conflict broke out in Cabo Delgado province in the fall of 2017, and resulted in more than 1,000 deaths and forced 100,000 people to flee their homes. The group is Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamo (ASWJ), aka al-Shabab, with links to the Islamic State.

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique stands in a dark suit with a blue tie and white shirt as he is sworn in for his second term as president. Behind him, a military officer in ceremonial dress salutes him with a white-gloved hand.

May 29, 2020

Nigeria
Kidnapping in Nigeria: A Growth Industry

In the past, kidnapping victims in Nigeria tended to be the wealthy and the prominent. But a new report from SB Morgen, a Nigerian consulting firm, shows that, over time, the pool of potential victims has greatly expanded. Now, victims are often poor.

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel, with a water bottle, drenched in sweat in a green, white, and black patterned Nigeria jersey wears number 10. He is with coach Gernot Rohr at the Africa Cup of Nations in June 2019. A referee in a blue top and black shorts is in the background.

May 28, 2020

South Africa
President Ramaphosa Tries to Thread the Needle on COVID-19 in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa established an anti-virus regime: social distancing and a lockdown. And the virus "curve" indeed appeared to flatten. He gets good international press, but must deal with a restive and poor population.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a dark grey suit without a tie and a green facemask, sits on a made bed at a coronvirus treatment center. A hand gestures in the foreground and a man in a suit and tied with a mask flanks Ramaphosa.

May 29, 2020

Conflict Prevention
Peace, Conflict, and COVID-19

The Center for Preventive Action has created this resource for those seeking information and analysis about the effects of COVID-19 on peace and conflict.

Three men wearing protective clothing and masks--two of whom have guns--stand guard in front of cars parked in the middle of a debris-ridden street during a twenty-four hour curfew in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 6, 2020.

May 26, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 16–22

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 16 to 22, 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.

May 28, 2020

Treaties and Agreements
Open Skies: Another Dying Arms Control Agreement?

A pending U.S. withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies has alarmed some allies in Europe, who fear losing a valuable means of monitoring Russia.

May 15, 2020

Malawi
Averting a COVID-19 Disaster in Malawi and Building Back Better

One of the poorest countries in Africa, Malawi is vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has a high population density, many have underlying health conditions, and a weak a public health system. The pandemic will also exacerbate Malawi's food insecurity.

A woman bends over as she plants sweet potatoes in rows in a small plot of cleared dirt. About half the patch as been planted so far. In the distance are green fields dotted with small trees with mostly round crowns. The sky is blue with white, puffy clouds. The horizon curves.