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Locals call Boko Haram ‘slave raiders.’ Here’s what that means, and why it matters.

By Scott MacEachern Although widely understood as the Islamist terrorists that they are, Boko Haram insurgents in the borderlands between Cameroon and Nigeria are also slave raiders — at least that’s what many local residents call them. And there’s good reason to use that term. In many striking ways, Boko Haram’s raids

Kano is notorious for underage voters, says ex-INEC commissioner who almost got killed

Editor's note: The 2015 Presidential election was heated and fiercely contested but no state defined the outcome of the winners and losers like the controversial three million votes from Kano State. The state became a reference point of the blight to what otherwise was a successful election for three key

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

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