Trump’s Travel Ban Benefits Only China (Project-Syndicate)

If the US wants to counter Chinese influence in Africa, greater engagement with Nigeria seems like a no-brainer. But, with its decision to include Africa’s largest economy in its expanded long-term travel ban, President Donald Trump’s administration is doing just the opposite.

Cobus van Staden is a senior foreign policy researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs

U.S. Could Actually Use More Nigerian Immigrants (Bloomberg)

A new ban from the White House hits one of the most successfully integrated groups in the country.


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Emergency Food Aid Needed in Northeast Nigeria (John Campbell, CFR)

A September 28, 2016, press release from Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) characterized the humanitarian emergency in northeastern Nigeria as having reached “catastrophic levels.”

Nigeria’s War Against Indiscipline (John Campbell, CFR)

In 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari said “The long-cherished and time honored, time-tested virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work, punctuality, good neighborliness, abhorrence of corruption and patriotism, have given way in the main to dishonesty, indolence, unbridled corruption and widespread impunity.” He said much the same thing when he was military chief of state from 1983 to 1985.

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 24 – September 30 (John Campbell, CFR)

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from September 24, 2016 to September 30, 2016. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.