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In Nigerian ‘Cash-and-Carry’ Politics, Ambition Is Only Constant

By Dulue Mbachu Politicians frequently jump across party lines in power quest ‘Failure of Nigerian political class’ cited by analyst Hassan   At recent rallies of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress for next year’s general elections, the list of speakers is often dominated by former members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party

The Chance of Accidental Nuclear War Is Growing

By Michael Krepon Recapitalizing the U.S. nuclear deterrent won't help. What's missing is a strategy and resources to reduce risks of cataclysmic accidents, miscalculation, and human error. The Trump administration’s nuclear posture statement comes at a particularly rough time, reminiscent of the transition from President Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. Back then, an

Germany’s Leopard 2 Tank Was Considered One of the Best — Until It Went to Syria

Cold War tanks encounter 21st century tactics Germany’s Leopard 2 main battle tank has a reputation as one of the finest in the world, competing for that distinction with proven designs such as the American M-1 Abrams and the British Challenger 2. However, that reputation for nigh-invincibility has faced setbacks

The troubled democratic transitions of African liberation movements

By Paul Nantulya Zimbabwe's recent political crisis has provided a lens into the challenges many African countries face in transitioning from their founding liberation movement political structures to genuine, participatory democracies. Zimbabwe’s recent political crisis has provided a lens into the ongoing challenges many African countries face in transitioning from their founding

No winners in Turkey’s new offensive into Syria

By Noah Bonsey No victor is likely in costly new battles between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces in north-western Syria. Difficulties faced by Turkish troops include a hostile population and hilly territory that favours its battle-hardened insurgent foes, and the offensive puts new stress on Turkey’s already strained relationship with its

As we remember our fallen heroes…

By Davidson Iriekpen   Editor's note: As the Nigerian Army concluded the activities to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the Nigerian authorities are urged to review the cases of the 38 officers who were compulsorily retired from active duty without due process. Activities marking this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance day were yesterday