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May 4, 2022

Tanzania
A Stronger U.S.-Tanzania Relationship Would Be Mutually Beneficial

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the most of her recent trip to the United States, signaling a desire for an improved relationship and deeper bilateral economic ties. Given U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic East Africa, and the worrying trends in the region, her charm offensive should be met with enthusiasm in Washington. The U.S.-Tanzania relationship had been strained for years, first by frustrations with corruption that siphoned off a significant portion of the sizeable foreign assistance investment Washington had made in the country, and then by concern over the autocratic governance style of Hassan’s predecessor, John Magufuli. But since assuming office after the death of Magufuli in March 2021, Hassan has moved cautiously and deliberately to shore up her own position and to change the country’s direction.

Tanzania's President Hassan wearing a head covering speaks at a podium with Vice President Harris to her left.

April 26, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
The EAC’s Challenges in Eastern Congo

The East African Community (EAC) wasted no time in wading into the complex and murky security issues bedeviling its newest member, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC, which is also a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), joined the East African block just weeks ago. Already, the EAC has issued a statement endorsing a largely undefined political process to address insecurity in the DRC and sketching out a plan to deploy a regional joint force to confront recalcitrant actors in Congo’s volatile eastern provinces.

Soldiers wearing camouflage and blue helmets are seeing in front of a white tank. In the background, civilians gather in front of a small house.

April 19, 2022

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 9–15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 9 to April 15, 2022.

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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

April 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

March 29, 2022

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 19–25

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 19 to March 25, 2022.

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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

March 21, 2022

Technology and Innovation
The Promise of Digital Activism—and its Dangers

Social media can be a powerful tool for digital activists—and for the governments trying to silence them.  

People hold up lit up phones during a protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at Trafalgar Square in London, Britain on March 4, 2022.

March 21, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
The Promise of Digital Activism—and its Dangers

Social media can be a powerful tool for digital activists—and for the governments trying to silence them.    

People hold up lit up phones during a protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at Trafalgar Square in London, Britain on March 4, 2022.

March 11, 2022

India
Besides China, Putin Has Another Potential De-dollarization Partner in Asia

Within two weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States and its allies have collectively imposed a series of sanctions to isolate Russia’s financial system. Recent stringent Western sanctions are a stress test of Russia’s de-dollarization initiatives and an emerging nondollar financial system. Besides de-SWIFTing Russian banks, Western sanctions have targeted the assets of the Russian central bank and sovereign wealth funds, the Russian Ministry of Finance, and Russian oligarchs. These punitive measures effectively wiped out the thirty-year post-Cold War Western financial engagement with Russia. I have discussed a Russia-China de-dollarization partnership in the Foreign Affairs article titled The Anti-Dollar Axis. It seems that Putin’s Russia has more partners for de-dollarization in Asia, such as India.

Leaders of Russia, India, and China hold hands while posing for a picture wearing formal attire with their respective flags in the background.

March 10, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
Conspiracy and Mistrust Poison Congolese Politics

Major powers are ever-more aware of Congo’s importance as they jockey for access to Congolese minerals vital to a clean energy transition and wake up to the global importance of Congo’s carbon sinks. But the will of the Congolese people—and their ability to determine the course of their country—remains stifled.

The incoming and outgoing Congolese presidents stand wearing official dress next to their wives. A group of officials and other individuals stand behind them.

March 7, 2022

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 26–March 4

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from February 26 to March 4, 2022.

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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.