Criminal networks fuel community violence in a bid to exploit untapped mineral deposits in the North West where around 80% of mining is carried out illegally and on an artisanal basis.Read More »
COVID-19 in Nigeria: To Test or Not To Test
It is quite clear that the world is now dealing with two pandemics instead of one. The first is the virus. The second is fear and, in many cases, outright panic.Read More »
Has Counter-terrorism Become a Profitable Business in Nigeria?
Despite massive expenditure by the Nigerian government over the past decade, counter-terrorism operations by security forces have achieved limited success and the country is still ranked on the Global Terrorism Index as one of the states most affected by terrorism. Is the problem one of bad policy, strategy and tactics, or is corruption in the leadership ranks of the security …Read More »
Climate-driven Migration in Africa
The total absence of European policies to address climate-driven migration from Africa is deeply concerning.Read More »
Famines in the 21st Century? It’s Not for Lack of Food
Famines result from cumulative processes we can observe and predict. That means we can prevent them through timely public action.Read More »
What Does the Next OPEC Meeting Have in Store?
The next OPEC meeting on the 2nd of June will act as little more than a forum for continued altercations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.Read More »
Renaissance or Mirage: Can Africa Sustain its Growth?
How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance.Read More »
Ethiopia’s Stellar Growth
Over the last decade, Ethiopia has emerged as one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. Even though “double-digit” growth has become something of an official mantra, independent appraisals still put it at over 10 percent from 2003-13, double the sub-Saharan average. Growth is driven by a determined government policy of creating the conditions for development, notably through a massive level of infrastructural investment.Read More »
How Much Longer Can OPEC Hold Out?
With the huge reduction in its revenues and growing discomfort among its members such as Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria over its current production levels, is OPEC really getting weaker?Read More »
Buhari’s Victory in Nigerian Election Has Global Significance
What appears to be a peaceful transference of presidential power in Nigeria -- unprecedented in the country's history -- has global significance in the fight against religious extremism.Read More »