Author: John E. Hernick

Ongoing Salafi-Jihadi Movement Threatens Regional Stability

Several African countries including the G5 Sahel of Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania, as well as France, are holding talks in Chad’s capital city, N’Djamena, to address the unstable security dynamics in the Sahel region. This comes as 100 civilians were killed just this week in a Burkina

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Economic Recovery For Africa: Escaping The COVID-19 Downturn

Africa is often portrayed as a continent plagued with endemic violence, disease, famine, poverty, and hardship. While there is certainly some truth to this characterization, this view obscures the emergent reality of a modernizing and industrializing Africa which outpaces even many western, developed countries in terms of real GDP growth

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, The WTO, And Africa’s Development

On March 1st, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) after receiving support from the Biden Administration and other influential WTO member-nations. Soon after accepting the position, the new leader explained what will be her central objectives and put forth her vision for

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Buhari Signals Change In Strategy To Combat Boko Haram And Gang Violence

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is overhauling his country’s top military positions amid stalled efforts to suppress Boko Haram and internal gang insurgencies. Boko Haram has been wreaking havoc on the northeastern regions of Nigeria for over a decade, and the Nigerian police and military’s failed responses have seemingly led Buhari

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