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March 10, 2020

Nigeria
How to Understand the Dethronement of an Islamic Ruler in Nigeria

On March 9, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, through a unanimous vote of the Kano state executive council, dethroned Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi. Soon after the vote, Sanusi was removed from …

Then-Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi sits in white clothing with a sheer white vale and white turban, buttressed by a large, ornate, and maroon cushion, flanked by regalia.

January 28, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in December 2018. Saudi Royal Court via Reuters.

January 24, 2020

Elections and Voting
Cyber Week in Review: January 24, 2020

Cyber Command documents detail campaign to counter ISIS in cyberspace; Conflicting arguments surround the alleged hacking of Jeff Bezos’ phone; Suzhou uses facial recognition to shame pajama wearers;…

 Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, speaks at the Economic Club of Washington DC's "Milestone Celebration Dinner."

January 16, 2020

Nigeria
Motorists Killed and Kidnapped on Nigerian Highway

Nigerian media, quoting sources in the security services, reports that up to thirty people were killed and possibly one hundred kidnapped on the night of January 14 in a single incident on the Kaduna-Zaria highway in Kaduna state. The perpetrators were dressed in military uniforms. Among the wounded was the emir of Potiskum. 

A man rides his motorbike along Gombe Numan highway in Gombe state, on November 29, 2013.

December 19, 2019

Nigeria
Sultan of Sokoto Responds to Sowore's Imprisonment in Nigeria

On December 12, the Sultan of Sokoto publicly said that disobedience to court orders is “a recipe for lawlessness and chaos.” He said, “We must regularly obey and respect the laws of our land. We should never disregard the laws to avoid the consequences. If a court makes a judicial pronouncement on a particular matter, it should be obeyed to the letter.” Though he never mentioned Sowore by name, the Sultan’s audience understood that the context was the State Security Service (SSS) invasion of a court room and the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore contrary to court order.

The sultan of Sokoto, the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslims, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, speaks to the media at the state house in Abuja, on December 27, 2011.

December 10, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria's Sultan of Sokoto Bans #MeToo Movement

The Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria’s premier Islamic traditional ruler, has banned the #ArewaMeToo campaign in Sokoto state. The movement is a northern Nigeria spinoff of the international #MeToo movement. Following the ban there have been allegations that the police have assaulted two women’s rights activists.

The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III and Emir of Kazaure Najib Hussaini Adamu (R) visit the family of late Emir of Kano Ado Bayero in Kano June 7, 2014.

October 4, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: William Weld Answers Twelve Questions

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Former Governor William Weld answers questions in New York after a Sept. 24 debate.

September 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Oil Vision and the Oil Price Cycle

Saudi Arabia’s oil industry is on the move with strategic changes in leadership, investments, and a broadening of its global businesses. The moves, which include larger investments in refining and pe…

Saudi Arabia's new Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman takes a tour at the exhibition during the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Satish Kumar

May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

Sudan-Protest-Bashir-Transition

February 21, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Tulsi Gabbard announced on March 19, 2020, that she was ending her campaign. Most Democrats running for president in 2020 are focused on domestic issues. Not Tulsi Gabbard. The Iraq War ve…

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