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February 11, 2021

Human Rights
Nigeria's Lekki Toll Gate Massacre Will Not Go Away

Civil organizations in Nigeria have thrown their support behind planned demonstrations for February 13 at the Lekki Toll Gate, the site of the police killing of demonstrators calling for the disbanding of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers and a passing car in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS written in chalk on the pavement.

December 1, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate

On the night of November 20, Nigerian army units attacked demonstrators calling for the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an elite police unit known for its brutality. CNN has conducted an investigation of the Lekki episode.

A picture of the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria, the site of a killing of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian military. The #EndsSARS hashtag is seen written in chalk on the ground in the foreground of the picture.

October 26, 2020

Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?

Nigeria’s governance system is oppressive, though it lacks an evocative name like apartheid. The tragic episodes of brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while dismaying, are not new occurrences.

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS and #EndSWAT.

July 21, 2020

Russia
Foreign Affairs Live: A Conversation With Robert Gates

Across the political spectrum, there is a belief that post–Cold War U.S. presidents have turned too often to the military to resolve challenges abroad. How could the United States move away from rely…

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February 22, 2017

United States
Gates and Netanyahu

While I’ve been out of the country a small tempest has, I see, developed about former Secretary of Defense Gates’s views of Prime Minister Netanyahu. Jeffrey Goldberg reported this: Senior adminis…

February 22, 2017

Morocco
Mr. Gates Oversteps

In his Congressional testimony today, Secretary of Defense Gates overstepped his authority and undermined the president’s role as Commander in Chief. According to the New York Times, Gates first sai…

January 20, 2016

United States
Robert M. Gates on Civic Duty and U.S. National Security

Robert Gates discusses civic duty and leadership, and addresses the future of U.S. national security and defense.

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February 22, 2017

Iran
Robert Gates and Israel: There He Goes Again

This past week, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told an audience in Norfolk, Virginia that an American or Israeli strike on the Iranian nuclear sites would be "catastrophic" and that America…

June 23, 2009

United States
Robert M. Gates, Defense Secretary

Robert M. Gates, a Cold War veteran selected to remain as defense secretary, has won bipartisan praise for his pragmatism and handling of the Pentagon amid two wars.  

March 2, 2011

United States
Secretary Gates’s Strategic Thinking

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s recent West Point speech promoted the need for better strategic thinking by the U.S. military to supplant a current emphasis on counterinsurgency tactics and natio…