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August 24, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Ethiopia’s Civil War, With Michelle Gavin

Michelle Gavin, senior fellow for Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the fighting in northern Ethiopia between federal government forces and regional Tigrayan forces.

Podcast Participants shout slogans during a rally against The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in Addis Ababa on July 22, 2021.

June 10, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Life Lessons Learned with Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy discusses her distinguished career in public service including working as former undersecretary of defense for policy.  Visit “How I Got Here: Michèle Flournoy” on the Foreign Aff…

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November 22, 2021

Sudan
The Crisis in Sudan: What to Know

Neither the military nor pro-democracy forces are backing down after last month’s coup. The stakes are high not only for Sudan, but also for fragile democracies across Africa.

November 30, 2021

Religion
COVID-19 Vaccines and Religious Exemptions

John Fea, professor of American history at Messiah University, and Michelle Mello, professor of law and medicine at Stanford University, discuss the history and legality of religious exemptions to va…

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November 30, 2021

COVID-19
Omicron Travel Bans Will Hinder U.S. Africa Policy

When scientists in Botswana and South Africa identified the COVID-19 Omicron variant, they moved quickly to share that information internationally. The response from much of the world was to announce travel bans on Southern African states. Those restrictions are a brutal blow to Southern African economies and morale, even prompting a statement of concern from the UN secretary-general.

U.S. President Joe Biden stands wearing a mask behind Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert, who is speaking at a podium with a mask in hand.

November 29, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 20–26

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 20 to November 26, 2021.

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 14, 2020

COVID-19
The Coronavirus’s Impact Throughout Africa, With Michelle D. Gavin

Michelle D. Gavin, CFR’s senior fellow for Africa studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the novel coronavirus is affecting Angola, Botswana, Sudan, and other nations throughout Afri…

Podcast A man walks past a poster covering the side of a building ahead of a 21 day lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cape Town, South Africa.

July 10, 2018

Europe
Brexit: A Conversation With Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier discusses the state of the Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, what is at stake, and what needs to be achieved by the 2019 deadline.

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November 23, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: External Leverage to Stop Conflict in Short Supply

When U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken traveled to Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal last week, he made a point of emphasizing U.S. concern about Ethiopia’s conflict. Blinken stressed that “it is imperative that the fighting stops” and that the United States fully supports former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the High Representative for the Horn of Africa for the African Union (AU), in his diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire that leads to political negotiations. Monday’s statement from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promising to personally “mobilize to the front to lead the defense forces” suggests those efforts are far from succeeding.

A protester holds a sign reading "#NoMore TPLF STOP U.S. Meddling" amid a group of protesters holding Ethiopian flags.

November 22, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 13–19

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 13 to November 19, 2021.

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.