Africa

Mali: February 7 Kidnapping Underscores Ongoing Threat to Expatriates in the Western Sahel
The February 7 kidnapping of a Colombian nun in the Sikasso Region of Mali marks the seventh known time a non-African has been abducted in the…

Religious Radicalism in Benin
Benin is at risk of experiencing greater levels of religious radicalism over the near term. Although the small West African country does not have a…

Military Mutinies Underscore Ivoirian Security Sector Weaknesses
The military mutinies that have broken out in Cote d’Ivoire this year highlight the ongoing challenges confronting the Ivoirian security sector.…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bujumbura (Burundi), Protests And Marches Against…
The U.S. Embassy has received information that peaceful, nationwide protests and marches against calls for immunity for members of the opposition are…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Pretoria (South Africa), Demonstration on Friday,…
A march against illegal immigrants organized by “Mamelodi Concerned Residents” is expected to take place in the Pretoria Central Business District…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Conakry (Guinea), Demonstrations in Conakry on…
The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are taking place throughout Conakry today, with unconfirmed reports of gunshots fired in…