Africa in Transition

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

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Nigeria's defeated opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar speaks during a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria, on February 27, 2019. Gbemileke Awodoye/Reuters

Atiku Appeals Buhari's Election Victory in Nigeria

In Nigeria’s presidential elections in February, incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was declared the winner, but his primary opponent, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, is challenging those results in court. Read More

March 18, 2019

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 9–15

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from March 9 to 15, 2019. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.  

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March 15, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
In 2019 Africa’s Relevance Should No Longer Be a Surprise

This week’s Economist’s cover story, “The New Scramble for Africa” is a welcome, general overview of geopolitical dynamics on the continent.

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March 14, 2019

South Sudan
How Oil Companies Help Fund Violence in South Sudan

Elizabeth Munn is the Spring 2019 volunteer intern with the Africa program at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. She is a student at George Mason University, studying global affairs and African studies.

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