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Much more than material support for the democratic process, Africa—and the developing world—needs the United States to reaffirm its commitment to democratic principles. It is far from surprising that the just concluded Brazilian presidential election attracted more than the usual attention from observers of the democratic process across Latin America. Over the course of his presidency, and particularly in the months leading to the election, President Jair Bolsonaro had made statements seemingly calculated to undermine trust in...

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The federal government has said it will not be disturbed by the recent travel advisory by the United States (US) warning of possible terror attacks in Nigeria. In an update to a recent travel advisory, the US had authorised the evacuation of “non-emergency” employees and their family members in Nigeria “due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks. Speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the presidential villa in Abuja, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said...

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..warns citizens to reconsider traveling to Nigeria. …FG dismisses security alert, says Nigeria is ‘safer today’.   The United States on Tuesday authorised the departure of diplomats from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, “due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.” This was disclosed in a travel advisory by the US State Department. The State Department advised US citizens to reconsider non-essential travels to Nigeria due to concerns over crime, terrorism, civil unrest. Specifically, the State Department...

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The aftershock of the collapse of the Soviet empire reverberated from Cape Town to Cairo.   Mikhail Gorbachev, the late Soviet leader who passed on last week aged 91, is rightly remembered for his role in terminating the East-West Cold War, redrawing the map of Europe, and effectively shortening the calendar of the twentieth century. While historians may continue to nitpick whether Gorbachev singularly set the Soviet Union on the path to dismemberment or merely recognized the...

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The federal government has urged Nigerians to respect the immigration laws of other countries to avoid unwarranted treatment. The federal ministry of foreign affairs, in a statement by Francisca Omayuli, its spokesperson issued this warning. The ministry indicated that Nigerians who were stranded in Dubai were issued family visas, but arrived in the UAE without any family members in the country. “Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply...

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The dialogues in the Horn of Africa inspire little confidence to resolve the region’s crises while U.S. diplomatic efforts seem insufficient in an area of strategic interest. It’s a matter of conventional wisdom that the crises gripping the Horn of Africa are fundamentally political, and that viable, sustainable solutions can be found only through inclusive political dialogue. But in both Sudan and Ethiopia, current dialogues—one internationally-backed and one a domestic project—inspire little confidence. The United...

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The United Kingdom (UK) has barred the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra and other Biafran groups from participating in its asylum programme. The British government noted that IPOB had been proscribed as a terrorist group by the Federal Government and that members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network – have reportedly committed human rights violations. The UK, therefore, said...

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President Hassan’s emphasis on economic growth and political liberalization in Tanzania are especially compelling to the United States in the context of a generally troubled East Africa. Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the most of her recent trip to the United States, signaling a desire for an improved relationship and deeper bilateral economic ties. Given U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic East Africa, and the worrying trends in the region, her charm offensive should...

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African countries’ justifiable disaffection with the West should not override their commitment to Ukraine and liberal values. There is nothing quite like a war when it comes to resurrecting old grudges, and in this regard, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has hardly disappointed. Invoking historical rough justice and persistent infantilization by the West, African countries have, to widespread astonishment, refused to give full-throated backing to Western sanctions against Russia. Seventeen of the thirty-five abstainers from the United...

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Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold reflects on his time as U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other diplomatic roles he has held throughout his career. Welcome to Reflections, a bimonthly series of conversations that invites former senior U.S.-Africa policymakers to discuss difficult issues that they confronted in their careers with the benefit of hindsight. The second conversation in the series features Russ Feingold, who served...

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