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July 26, 2018

Nigeria
Up-Armored SVBIEDs Make Their Way to Nigeria

They are used to carry out suicide attacks on Nigerian troops in the bush during battles. Up-armored SVBIEDs are not like car bombs, which are designed to avoid detection in urban environments. Rather, up-armored SVBIEDs appear obviously to be weaponized, but in the bush they still have some camouflage.

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July 12, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Government Capacity on Display in Disappointing Homecomings

Government-sponsored IDP return to Bama would appear to be premature. But unfinished schools, medical facilities, and housing likely reflect the government’s administrative and bureaucratic capacity shortcomings, rather than a lack of political will or malicious intent.

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July 11, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Radio Show Offers a Measure of Justice Where the State Does Not

Unable to rely on the state, urban Nigerians are also finding alternative ways to address their grievances. Some are turning to a radio show, “The Bakete Family,” hosted by Ahman Isah and broadcast by Human Rights Radio six days a week from Abuja.

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July 3, 2018

Nigeria
Electricity Distribution Is Holding Nigeria Back

Electricity shortages significantly impede Nigeria’s economic growth. Even following reorganization and partial privatization, the national power company—formerly known as the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) PLC—is still referred to by most Nigerians as “Never Expect Power Always, Please Light Candle.”

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May 31, 2017

Americas
From Venezuela to Argentina: The Situation in South America

This afternoon, I had the privilege of speaking alongside Cynthia Arnson, Kellie Meiman Hock, and Michael Shifter on current events in South America. Our talk covered countries from Colombia to Argen…

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June 29, 2018

Nigeria
Mother of Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Speaks About Her Son

The interview—Falmata’s first—took place in the village of Shekau in Yobe state. VOA notes the village’s isolation and how villagers avoid mentioning it is the birthplace of Abubakar Shekau.

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August 21, 2017

Mexico
¡Gracias, Donald!

August has brought a number of depressing reversals in the United States’ relation with Latin America: President Trump’s seemingly offhand statement on the possibility of military intervention in Ven…

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June 21, 2018

Nigeria
Loot From the Time of Sani Abacha Repatriated to Nigeria

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General Abubakar Malami said that Abuja has reached an agreement with a number of countries, including the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, for the repatriation of $500 million in looted public funds.

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June 21, 2018

Donald Trump
On Trade, Should Allies Treat the United States as a Rogue Nation?

The idea of targeting President Trump's personal assets may be tempting, but it is the wrong approach.

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June 19, 2018

Nigeria
As Army Calls on Displaced Nigerians to Return Home, Terrorist Attacks Rock Damboa

The attack occurred on the same day that the Nigerian chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, publicly said that Boko Haram is no longer a threat and urged internally displaced persons to return home.

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