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Alex Thurston

Americans go home: Both Niger and Chad yank the welcome mat
Africa

Americans go home: Both Niger and Chad yank the welcome mat

American troop withdrawals this week reflect growing anti-Western sentiment and associated strategic shifts

Why the Nigerien junta wants to kick US troops out
Africa

Why the Nigerien junta wants to kick US troops out

While Washington’s policy has been rudderless since last year’s coup, an American exit might not be a bad thing

West Africa continues slide toward instability
Africa

West Africa continues slide toward instability

Washington has too easily embraced a surface-level status quo in the region

Is that US drone base in Niger really necessary?
Africa

Is that US drone base in Niger really necessary?

As Washington seeks to expand UAV hubs throughout the region, it's worth exploring whether the one it has is doing anything worthwhile

Africans see hypocrisy in US policy on Israel in Gaza
Africa

Africans see hypocrisy in US policy on Israel in Gaza

Criticism is coming in the wake of a largely failed push for governments to take sides in the Ukraine war.