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Podcast: Politics in Jacob Zuma’s South Africa

by John Campbell
South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks to President Jacob Zuma (R) during closing remarks during the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban, March 27, 2013. (Reuters/Rogan Ward)

In this episode of Africa in Transition, John Campbell and Allen Grane catch up with Simon Freemantle, senior political economist at Standard Bank Research. Recorded days before President Jacob Zuma’s removal of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the podcast addresses the complex factors at play in South African politics. Read more »

Health Scare in Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari

by John Campbell
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari returns from a medical trip in London at the Nigeria Airforce Base in Kaduna, Nigeria, March 10, 2017. (Reuters/Stringer)

In this episode of the Africa in Transition Podcast series John Campbell and Allen Grane discuss Muhammadu Buhari’s recent extended vacation to the United Kingdom. The two discuss why Buhari was away for so long, how Vice President Yemi Osinbajo did in his stead, and possible future implications. Read more »

The Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region

by Guest Blogger for John Campbell
The participants to the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region pose for a family photo in Oslo, Norway February 24, 2017. (Reuters/Haakon Mosvold Larsen)

In this guest episode of the Africa in Transition Podcast series Sherrie Russell-Brown discusses the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in conversation with Kathryn Achilles, Humanitarian Campaign Manager, Oxfam Nigeria, Chitra Nagarajan, Senior Advisor, North East Nigeria, Civilians in Conflict, and Mausi Segun, Senior Researcher, Nigeria, Human Rights Watch. The Oslo Humanitarian Conference, held Friday, February 24 in Oslo, Norway, was convened to draw global attention to the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, mobilize critical resources needed to effectively confront it, and to address the medium-term and long-term development needs of the fourteen million people in the region. Co-organized by the governments of Nigeria, Norway, and Germany in partnership with the United Nations, the conference produced pledges totaling $672 million, with more commitments to come. Read more »

Podcast: The Lake Chad Crisis

by John Campbell
People wash clothes in a dry riverbed in Maroua, Cameroon, March 17, 2016. (Reuters/Joe Penney)

In this episode of the Africa in Transition Podcast series John Campbell is joined by the International Crisis Group’s Nnamdi ObasiHans De Marie Heungoup, and EJ Hogendoorn. The group discusses the origins of Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, as well as the current security and humanitarian crisis occurring in the Lake Chad Basin. Read more »

Podcast: Update on Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya

by Guest Blogger for John Campbell
Volunteers set up eight thousand candles in the shape of the African continent as part of a demonstration entitled "Africa needs medicine now" at the parliament square in Berne, Switzerland December 1, 2005. (Reuters/Pascal Lauener)

In the second episode of the Africa in Transition Podcast series John Campbell and Allen Grane discuss developments across the continent. The topics discussed include: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s extended leave of absence, South Africa’s recent parliamentary brawl, and U.S. arms sales to Kenya. Read more »

Podcast: Africa and The New Administration

by John Campbell
U.S. President Barack Obama walks off stage as he finishes his news conference at the conclusion of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. State Department in Washington, August 6, 2014. (Reuters/Jim Bourg)

Africa in Transition announces a new podcast series. For our inaugural effort the CFR Africa program’s own John Campbell and Allen Grane discuss the United States’ policy priorities in Africa and what the new Trump administration means for America’s relationship with its African partners. There is also a discussion of the focus of the CFR Africa program. Read more »