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Africa in Transition

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

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A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) on February 6, 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland. Denis Balibouse/Reuters

WHO Retains Ebola’s Public Health Emergency Designation in Congo

The number of cases of Ebola in the eastern Congo continues to fall, and there had been speculation that the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee would remove the designation of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) from the outbreak. Read More

February 13, 2020

Nigeria
Military Failures Mount in Borno Against Boko Haram

The security situation around Borno’s capital, Maiduguri, appears to be going from bad to worse. On February 9, The Boko Haram faction Islamic State in West African (ISWA) shot or burned alive some thirty people sleeping in their cars and trucks that night outside the town of Auno, some ten miles from Maiduguri. They also kidnapped others.

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February 12, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Potential for the Coronavirus in Africa

International attention—and panic—are focused on the coronavirus. In Africa, observers are acutely aware of how ill-prepared most countries are for responding to a major pandemic.

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February 11, 2020

Nigeria
Despite Travel Ban, Trump Remains Popular in Nigeria

Despite President Donald Trump’s ban on Nigerian immigration to the United States, he apparently remains popular among Nigerias. The Washington Post headline was “

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