Author Archives: Natalie Fiertz

Security Pressures, Violence, and Nigeria’s 2023 Elections

BY NKASI WODU Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is getting ready for its general elections next year, with two front liners from the two major parties emerging in a defining election. This election will be defining for Nigerians because the candidate sworn in on May 29, 2023, will be taking over the reins of a […]

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Brazil: Distrust and Fragmentation

BY NATALIE SILVEIRA A steady decline in social and political cohesion in Brazil over the last eight years, as measured by the FSI, has created a situation of increasing precarity.  This sharp worsening coincided with a reduction in public confidence in institutions following the 2016 impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff.  As an indication of […]

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Haiti: Two Steps Forward – Three Steps Back

BY NATALIE SILVEIRA With President Jovenel Moïse’s inauguration in 2017, Haiti became the most improved country on the FSI 2018.  With his assassination in 2021, it is now among the most worsened.  Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has been ranked among the fifteen most fragile countries in the world in […]

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Sudan: The Push and Pull of Progress and Impasse

BY ASA COOPER In 2019, Sudan appeared to be at a turning point, with a sharp 3.2 point drop on the FSI as civil society demanded change. Protests[1] sparked by economic grievances quickly evolved into a widespread movement against 30-year dictator Omar al-Bashir. The Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), a broad-based political coalition of […]

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Famine in Somalia: Crisis and Innovation

BY ASA COOPER Somalia is facing one of its worst food crises[1] in recent history. An unprecedented four consecutive failed rains[2] have created drought conditions that have left over four million people at severe levels of food insecurity and displaced[3] hundreds of thousands from their homes. The crisis has been exacerbated by conflict and insecurity […]

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