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July 21, 2021

Nigeria
Jihadis Claim to be Uniting in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram, the jihadi insurrection associated with some 350,000 deaths since 2009 in northeast Nigeria, was characterized by factions—conflict among which was bloody—though at times they appear to have cooperated tactically. Now, the faction associated with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), is claiming to have incorporated the followers of the rival faction led by Abubakar Shekau. (Weeks ago, Shekau died, apparently after committing suicide in a standoff with ISWA.)

A wall that has "Hate Evil" and "Boko Haram is Evil" scrawled on it.

June 23, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

January 21, 2021

Syrian Civil War
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk in a field of flowers in Idlib, Syria, on April 15, 2020.

April 12, 2021

Technology and Innovation
Technology and Youth Represent Nigeria’s Path Out of the Woods

The voice of Nigeria’s youth was heard at the EndSars protests and through the emergence of Paystack and Flutterwave, which were a breath of fresh air in an otherwise foul news climate around the cou…

"End Sars" referring to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit, reads on a demonstrator's clothes.

April 8, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Reforms Should Come Before New Funding for UNRWA

The Biden administration restores funding of texts that glorify violence

March 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Biden-Harris Should Lead on Women’s Rights and Help End Syrian Conflict

Including the SDF-held Northeast in the UN peace talks would be a way to accomplish both.

Female YPJ fighters celebrate Newroz with civilian women in Qamishli, Syria in 2016.

March 10, 2021

Grand Strategy
Coup-Proofing: Russia’s Military Blueprint to Securing Resources in Africa

In the Central African Republic (CAR), outside the capital Bangui, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra exerts little to no authority. Armed rebel groups control two-thirds of the country, including access to mining sites.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic walk towards each other, arms outstretched as they prepare to shake hands.

January 21, 2021

Nigeria
Western Media and Distortion of Nigeria's Chibok Kidnapping

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, writing for the BBC, argues that Western media distorted the 2014 Boko Haram kidnapping of more than two hundred girls sitting for high school examinations.

A picture of then-First Lady Michelle Obama standing in the White House, holding a white piece of paper with "#BringBackOurGirls" written in black ink.

January 15, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
From Rhetoric to Reality: Advancing Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

  This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight n…

A Venezuelan indigenous women from the Wayuu tribe shake hands during a reconciliation ceremony, in Castilletes, Colombia February 19, 2020. Picture taken February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.