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John Campbell and Michelle Gavin track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 4–10

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 27 to July 3, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents are included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.     Read More

Nigeria
Nigerian Army Statements Bely Facts on the Ground in Northeast
Nigerian army spokesmen have announced a series of successes against Boko Haram and that terrorism had been significantly weakened in the Lake Chad Basin. But such announcements lack credibility.    …
Demonstrations and Protests
Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine a Light on Local Police Brutality
The African media has closely followed the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, almost always in solidarity with the protesters. Especially among African human rights groups, the America…
Sub-Saharan Africa
How to Think About Africa’s “Rising Middle Class” Amid COVID-19
Conventional wisdom is that Africa's rising middle class is the engine for economic and social development, that its trajectory has been positive, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously comprom…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 27–July 3
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 27 to July 3, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko …
  • Belgium
    Belgium Begins to Confront Its Brutal Colonial Past in Congo
    Black Lives Matter protests in France and the United Kingdom have intensified the domestic debate over their countries’ past colonialism and present racism. Demonstrators, numbering in the thousands,…
  • Senegal
    How Remittances From Petit Senegal, a Diaspora Community in New York City, Build Wealth Abroad
    Tareian King is an intern with CFR's Africa Program and a student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. She is also the founder of Nolafrique, an e-commerce platform that enables ar…
  • China
    As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development
    Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…
  • Nigeria
    Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 20–26
    Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 20 to June 26, 2020. This update also represents violence related to Boko…
  • South Africa
    Trials for COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Begin in South Africa
    Africa's first COVID-19 vaccine trial began on June 24 in South Africa. The trial started in Johannesburg, the commercial capital, and Pretoria, the national capital, in Gauteng province, and will gr…
  • Nigeria
    Nigerian Media’s Unsubstantiated Claims that U.S. Agencies Investigating Corruption by Buhari's Inner Circle
    Pointblank News is reporting that the U.S. Departments of State and Justice are investigating Sabiu 'Tunde' Yusuf, Sarki Abba, Mamman Daura, Ismaila Isa Funtua, and his son Abubakar Funtua for money …