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A cargo train in Kenya is launched to operate on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line. The project, financed by the Chinese government, will eventually connect nations in the region. Stringer/REUTERS

Regional Challenges in the Wake of the Kenya Elections

Rachael Sullivan is a Master of Public Administration candidate at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She is a currently a Franklin Williams intern at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Read More

August 16, 2017

Silicon Valley, Silicon Allee, and…Silicon Lagoon?

Sabriyya Pate is the Franklin Williams Intern with the Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The United States has Silicon Valley, Germany has Silicon Allee, and one day, Nigeria may have its very own Silicon Lagoon, right in the heart of the country’s oil-rich south. 

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August 15, 2017

International Observers and the Kenya Election

The outcome of the Kenya elections remains disputed. The International Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent president, the winner of the presidential election. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, however, refuses to accept the result. He continues to maintain that the elections were “stolen,” apparently at the ballot counting consolidation stage. He has promised to reveal his ‘evidence’ to the public. Meanwhile, pro-Odinga demonstrations have died down, and a work stoppage campaign largely failed. 

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August 14, 2017

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 5 - August 11

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from August 5 to August 11, 2017. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.     • August 5: A suicide bomber killed himself and eight others in Ouro-Kessoum, Cameroon. Boko Haram was suspected.

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