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July 16, 2020

Nigeria
Mixed Results in Evaluation of Multinational Effort Against Boko Haram

International Crisis Group has issued a thoughtful evaluation of the effort by Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, and Niger to coordinate their efforts against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin. The instrument is the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Four heads of state pose for a photo. From left to right, the president of Niger in a white Nigerien boo boo (long robe) with a maroon cap. The president of Benin in a royal blue suit with a salmon tie and white shirt. The president of Chad in a dark green tunic with a cap, and the president of Nigeria in a powder blue boubous (billowy robe), with a green embroidered cap.

July 15, 2020

South Africa
Ramaphosa Reimposes COVID-19 Restrictions in South Africa

In a nationwide broadcast on July 12, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he was reimposing the ban on alcohol and a curfew. Both measures were imposed earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic and were designed to ease the strain on hospitals.

A soldier in military fatigues holds his rifle in one hand while he gestures to a man in a red coat with a backpack. They are standing on a street of shops with metal gates pulled down, lit by blue-purple light. Everyone in the picture is wearing masks.

July 15, 2020

Inequality
The U.S. Inequality Debate

Public policy experts call income and wealth inequality one of the defining challenges of our time. Recent crises have accelerated these divisions, and the coronavirus pandemic looks set to deepen th…

Striking McDonalds workers demanding a $15 minimum wage demonstrate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

July 14, 2020

Global Governance
The Politics of a COVID-19 Vaccine

Governments must prepare now to avoid “catastrophic success” once a Covid-19 vaccine emerges

Vaccine

July 13, 2020

Defense and Security
Demographics of the U.S. Military

Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad. But many civilians are unfamiliar with their composition. How much does the military resemble U.S. society…

Women serving in the United States Air Force stand in salute.

July 9, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Army Statements Bely Facts on the Ground in Northeast

Nigerian army spokesmen have announced a series of successes against Boko Haram and that terrorism had been significantly weakened in the Lake Chad Basin. But such announcements lack credibility.    …

A damaged military vehicle is pictured in the northeast town of Gudumbali, after an attack by members of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), Nigeria September 11, 2018.

July 9, 2020

Human Trafficking
Modern Slavery Research Methods: Enabling Data-Driven Decisions

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Child laborers eat their lunch after being rescued from squalid working conditions a sari embroidery factory, with the help of Nepalese police and child rights organizations, near Kathmandu, 2012.

July 7, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
How to Think About Africa’s “Rising Middle Class” Amid COVID-19

Conventional wisdom is that Africa's rising middle class is the engine for economic and social development. However, on a continent of 1.3 billion people resident in more than fifty countries, this trope may obscure more than it illuminates.

Customers shop for essential commodities inside the Naivas supermarket as residents stock their homes amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nairobi, Kenya March 23, 2020.

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Will COVID-19 Make This Year’s Election Different for Singapore’s Ruling Party?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared in a televised address last week that Singapore would hold its next general election on July 10. Lee and other members of the long-ruling People’s Action Party…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

July 1, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
What Is the Ebola Virus?

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.