Africa in Transition

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

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A billboard displays the songwriter Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as '2Face' as part of a campaign against politicians who allegedly offer money to youths to foment trouble during elections, in Oshogbo, Osun State, Nigeria on September 21, 2018. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Tracking Election Violence in Nigeria

Nigeria will hold its sixth national election since the current transition toward democracy began with the end of military rule in 1999. Despite some seventy presidential candidates, the competition for the presidency is really a two-horse race. It pits incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).  Read More

February 11, 2019

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 2–8

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from February 2 to 8, 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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February 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
An Alternative Perspective on the U.S. Decision to Recognize Tshisekedi

Herman J. Cohen is the former assistant secretary of state for African affairs (1989–1993), the former U.S. ambassador to the Gambia and Senegal (1977–80), and was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service for thirty-eight years. This originally appeared on Ambassador Cohen’s blog.

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February 7, 2019

Lessons from Tanzania’s Authoritarian Turn

The alarming reports out of Tanzania have become commonplace. Current Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who swept into office on a popular anti-corruption platform, has been presiding over a shocking decline in political and civil rights in the country. Civil society leaders, opposition politicians, journalists, and businesspeople feel unsafe on their own soil—and with good reason. Crossing the regime can mean arrest on trumped-up charges, abductions, or extrajudicial violence.

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