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  • Nigeria Appeals to Islamic Militants

    In recent months, Nigeria’s infamous Islamist militant group Boko Haram has increased its attacks against the Nigerian government and its people. Instead of addressing Boko Haram’s attacks through a bold counterterrorism strategy, last weekend Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan announced plans to negotiate with the organization. Founded in 2002, Boko Haram … More

    Take Two: Turkey's Roadmap for Libya

    Last March, Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an accused Western leaders of intervening in Libya in order to take control of Libya’s vast oil and gold resources. Today, however, Turkey—NATO’s once ardent opposition to military engagement—is one of the United States’ most active partners in seeking … More

    Turkish Elections and the Implications for European Union Membership

    Last weekend’s parliamentary election in Turkey produced unsurprising results, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) claiming victory with nearly 50 percent of the vote. As world leaders congratulate the AKP on its three-term success, they are also assessing the implications for their countries’ future relationship … More

    White House Invites Gabonese Tyrant into the Oval Office

    President Obama has kept at least one campaign promise: agreeing to meet with nefarious world leaders. Yesterday, President Ali Bongo Ondimba from Gabon added his name to the guest book at the White House. As director of Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center, Nile Gardiner, states, “In yet another display of extraordinarily … More

    Khartoum’s Occupation of Abyei Jeopardizes Peace in Sudan

    In a matter of weeks, the Republic of South Sudan is scheduled to gain full independence. This step is the culmination of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudanese government in Khartoum and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) that is intended to permanently resolve the decades-long … More

    Wave of Protests Continues Across North Africa and the Middle East

    In January, Heritage Senior Research Fellow Jim Phillips predicted that Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution would spark uprisings throughout the Arab world. Four months later, North Africa and the Middle East are experiencing substantial governmental transformations, and there is no end in sight. Tunisia As the first leadership casualty of the “Arab … More

    Nigerian Presidential Election: Religious Tensions Threaten Democratic Progress

    Almost immediately after it was announced that President Goodluck Jonathan won Nigeria’s presidential election this past weekend, violence erupted in many northern states. This post-election violence unfortunately tarnishes the nationwide vote that most observers deemed to be an improvement over previous elections, although it is evident that some rigging did … More

    After Months of Bloodshed, Côte D’Ivoire’s Dictator Falls

    Early this morning, former president of Côte D’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo was finally forced out of power. Seeking refuge in the bunker of his Abidjan residence, opposition forces and international peacekeepers took the African strongman into custody. Although there are conflicting reports as to who actually arrested Gbagbo, one thing is … More

    Elections in Nigeria: Opportunity for Improvement

    On April 9, Nigerians head to the polls to vote in the presidential and gubernatorial elections. Since 1999, when the country returned to civilian rule, each election has been marred by violence, bribery, and allegations of fraud. Adding to the already daunting challenge is President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to run … More

    Côte d’Ivoire: Gbagbo’s Bloodshed Cannot Hide Weakening Power

    Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, is a war zone. Security forces loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo are responsible for numerous murders and the spread of terror throughout the city and beyond. Despite Gbagbo’s holding on to the main centers of power, including cabinet ministries, the military, and ports, … More