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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.

October 24, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Beijing +25: Delivering on the Promise of 1995 for Adolescent Girls

Decades on, it has never been more important to fulfill the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and invest in the wellbeing and safety of adolescent girls. 

A Palestinian girl looks out of her family home as she watches members of Hamas security forces participating in a simulation exercise for preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Gaza City July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

October 23, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria: Fear of Repression

Western media is reporting that violence in Lagos—initially connected to protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit—is intensifying. President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on October 22, calling for protests to end.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari can be seen wearing traditional clothing before giving a televised address. Nigerian flags and another flag can be seen behind the president, along with the Nigerian coat of arms.

October 22, 2020

Tanzania
Magufuli is Transforming Tanzania's Ruling Party From a “Benign Hegemon” Into a Malevolent One

​On October 28th, Tanzania will choose a president and members of the country’s National Assembly. This year, few observers expect a fair vote, given incumbent President John Magufuli and his government’s weaponization of the law.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli walks down a red carpet while observing a guard of honor in Nairobi, Kenya. The soldiers are wearing dark blue uniforms; some soldiers are holding swords raised.

October 21, 2020

Nigeria
Protests, Chaos in Nigeria

In Lagos, "security services" have fired on "peaceful protesters." This on top of COVID-19, low oil prices, and radical Islamist groups bent on destroying the state—Nigeria was in trouble even before the SARS demonstrations.

A picture of fires burning on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Thick black smoke is billowing into the sky. Several armed men can be seen patrolling the road.

October 21, 2020

Human Trafficking
Revitalizing Human Trafficking Policy Twenty Years In

This blog post was authored by Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, and Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer of Friends of the Global Fight Agains…

Protesters march in a "Walk to Freedom" to demonstrate against human trafficking in Berlin.

October 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Demonstrations Becoming About More Than the Police

Following nationwide demonstrations—first against the elite Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and then the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, its successor—the Buhari administration has abolished the former and promised wide-ranging police reforms.

A group of men holding signs in support of the #EndSARS protest movement in Nigeria.

October 21, 2020

Emerging Economies
Transsion: a Chinese Prodigy in Africa?

The Chinese company has dominated mobile phone markets in Africa, though not without courting controversy.

A man looks at smartphones on display at a shop.

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan

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October 16, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 16, 2020

Microsoft attempts to seize Russian botnet servers; Pakistan bans TikTok; Norway accuses Russia of compromising parliament email systems; States call for GGE and OEWG replacement; and Twitter and Fac…

Norway's Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide talks to the media outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.