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What the emerging Great Power politics means for Africa

In 1983, US President, Ronald Reagan ordered an invasion of Grenada. Margaret Thatcher’s Great Britain strongly criticised the invasion of a Commonwealth nation (the Queen was still the titular Head of State of Grenada), but that was all Britain could do, it could not send the Royal Navy to challenge the US Navy. Such a display of weakness by Great Britain was unthinkable half a century earlier, in 1933 when its naval power was still perceived as unrivalled. In 1823, then US president, James Monroe proclaimed the “Monroe Doctrine”. This basically meant that the United States would no longer tolerate incursions by European powers in the Western Hemisphere, which it considered its backyard. For a couple of decades, these were little more than empty words, because the United States lacked the means to enforce them. That however, changed when the United States became a serious industrial power following the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 meant that for the first time, the United States of America could reliably and efficiently link its western and eastern coasts. In simple terms , the United States had truly become a continental power. The first target ...
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What the emerging Great Power politics means for Africa

In 1983, US President, Ronald Reagan ordered an invasion of ...
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Video: What is Ansaru?

On 18 January 2020, a long dormant Islamist group, Ansaru ...
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Rising insecurity in Abuja

On the evening of 2 February 2020, a fully loaded ...
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Video: Transportation in Lagos

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Chart of the week: Military exercises in Nigeria

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How could the Soleimani killing impact Nigeria?

On 3 January 2020, an American drone, in a targeted ...
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The Year Ahead – It’s the economy, stupid

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What does Boris Johnson’s Britain mean for Nigeria?

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Chart of the week: Lowest points of power

Nigeria's national grid collapsed 4 times in January, once in ...
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Video: Who does the Social Media Bill affect?

The Executive arm of Nigeria’s government has for a while ...
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Video: Interest in Nigeria’s democracy

A countrywide survey by SBM Intelligence shows a waning interest, ...
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Trade needs a boost

Now that the Q3 2019 GDP results have been released ...
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ISIS no more

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Video: Rice, and Nigeria’s border

From independence till the mid-1970s, Nigeria's domestic rice production was ...
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The SBM Jollof Index – Inflation jumps off the border

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Stalemate: Boko Haram’s new strategy means fewer attacks

At its peak in 2014, the Boko Haram insurgency saw ...
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Video: Gangs of Lagos

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How do the Saudi attacks affect Nigeria?

A swarm of drones set off a chain of explosions ...
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Chart of the week: Exchange rate divergence

Since November 2013, a Lagos based private equity firm has ...
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