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June 14, 2010

North Korea
U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

As tensions on the Korean peninsula rise after an international investigation found that North Korea was responsible for the sinking of a South Korean warship, a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) In…

February 4, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: John Delaney, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Someone had to be first. When it comes to the 2020 presidential campaign, that person is John Delaney. He’s certainly no Johnny-come-lately to the race. He declared his candidacy back on July 28, 201…

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May 24, 2019

Islamic State
Where Exactly is the Islamic State in West Africa?

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) claimed a May 16 attack near Tongo Tongo, Niger, killing more than 20 soldiers not far from the Malian border. In March it issued a photo of its members in Burkina Faso and in April it claimed an attack on a militia in Mali. But, it is not clear that the ISWA group based primarily in Nigeria is behind those attacks. 

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May 23, 2019

Nigeria
ISWA Tries to Win Over Some Nigerians While Killing Others

The conventional wisdom is that the Boko Haram faction that calls itself the Islamic State in West African (ISWA) is less brutal than Abubakar Shekau’s rival faction, notorious for the Chibok school girl kidnapping and the targeting of civilians. There is some truth to this: ISWA has avoided using female and child suicide bombers and it does not seem to indiscriminately murder entire villages. Its rhetoric does not glory in murder like Shekau’s.

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May 22, 2019

South Africa
Emboldened Ramaphosa Asserts Authority Over South Africa’s ANC

Under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa, the African National Congress (ANC), improved its electoral performance in the 2019 national elections. The ANC won more than 58 percent of the vote, up from 54 percent in the local government elections of 2016, though still a decline from the 62 percent in won in 2014 national elections. 

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May 21, 2019

Chad
Farmer Herder Clashes in Chad Follow Familiar Pattern

There are new reports of violence, characterized as farmer-herder conflict, in Chad. According to Agence France Presse and Voice of America, thirty-five have died [French] since May 16 in separate in…

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May 20, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 11–17

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 11 to 17, 2019.

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May 17, 2019

Burkina Faso
Islamist Violence in Burkina Faso Following Familiar Pattern

Islamist terrorist groups in northeast Burkina Faso are following a strategy of violence reminiscent in some ways of Boko Haram’s early days in Nigeria. The groups are attacking Protestant and Catholic churches, killing pastors, priests, and congregants, and also teachers in secular schools.

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May 16, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Government Accuses Jonathan of Accepting Bribes While President

In a court case in London involving international oil companies and the oil block designated OPL 245—thought to be one of the largest untapped reserves in Africa—lawyers for the Nigerian government accused Jonathan and Alison-Madueke with plotting to “receive bribes and make a secret profit.”

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August 28, 2018

United States
Scoop Jackson and John McCain

In the course of my career I've had the great privilege of working for Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson and knowing John McCain, two of the most consequential senators of the last seventy-five years. And the…