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September 9, 2021

Nigeria
Boko Haram Capture of Military Equipment Fuels Lake Chad Insurgency

A new report shows that the quantities of lethal materiel seized by Boko Haram from state stockpiles are astonishingly high, and the range of weapon systems lost is worryingly extensive. The diversion of contingent-owned equipment (COE)—that is, government-owned materiel—from the four Lake Chad Basin countries participating in and alongside the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has occurred on a level unprecedented on the African continent.

Two solders crouch on one knee, one with an assault rifle pointed forward, the other with his rifle aimed at the ground. Behind them is a Toyota pickup truck with a mounted gun in the back, with another soldier manning the gun.

September 21, 2021

United Nations General Assembly
Biden’s Forceful UN Address: Let’s Get to Work

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. His message, both to his domestic and foreign audiences, was clear: The United States is…

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

August 11, 2021

Nigeria
Biafran Separatist Group Issues a Stay-at-Home Order

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has ordered residents of Nigeria’s South East region—largely Igbo-dominated areas of the former Biafra, the break-away territory that tried and failed to establish an independent state during the 1967-70 civil war—to stay at home every Monday until their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released from jail.

A man, out of focus in the back of the picture while speaking on a mobile phone, holds up a picture of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, wearing an official military uniform.

July 22, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
A Conversation with Catharine A. MacKinnon: Prostitution as Sex Work or Sexual Exploitation?

At a CFR roundtable, Catharine A. MacKinnon discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on those in the sex industry as well as where the international debate on prostitution and sex trafficking currently stan…

Catharine MacKinnon presents in front of the Milken Institute's 21st Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California on April 30, 2018.

April 28, 2021

Israel
More Iranian Missiles to Syria: A Problem that a "Working Group" Cannot Solve

Russia protects the shipment of precision guided missiles to Iranian proxies

May 10, 2021

Cybersecurity
The TSA Should Regulate Pipeline Cybersecurity

It is time for the federal government to exercise its existing authority to regulate the cybersecurity of pipelines.

Oil refinery and pipeline.

August 18, 2021

Boko Haram
Boko Haram Defections Spike in Nigeria and Cameroon

More than one thousand members of Boko Haram have surrendered to the Nigerian army in recent weeks, along with hundreds of women and children that presumably made up their family units. The Cameroonian authorities, too, have announced that at least eighty-two Boko Haram operatives have surrendered or defected, also with their families.

Eight people, all male, with ages ranging from childhood to older adulthood, sit looking towards a camera.

May 7, 2021

Human Trafficking
Spotlight on Brazil: What Works to Address Modern Slavery

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…

Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labor Organization, talks to Manoel Dias, former Brazilian minister of labor, at the Third Global Conference on Child Labor in Brazil.

November 18, 2020

Nigeria
Financing Boko Haram

Federal Court of Appeals in the United Arab Emirates, which sits in Abu Dhabi, has sentenced to jail six Nigerians for transferring $782,000 from Dubai to Boko Haram in Nigeria.

A flag of Boko Haram, a terrorist group operating in northwest Nigeria, is seen attached to an electrical pole.

May 12, 2020

Chad
After Lake Chad Offensive, April One of Deadliest Months in Boko Haram Conflict

April is now one of the deadliest months in nearly a decade of the Boko Haram conflict, according to data from the Nigeria Security Tracker, which now features geographic data from Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

A Chadian soldier shields his face from dust kicked up by a helicopter in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015.