The landlocked West African country has one of the world's largest uranium reserves and powers France's nuclear industry, but routinely ranks near the bottom of the U.N.'s Human Development Index. It has suffered from years of political instability — five constitutions and three periods of military rule since independence in 1958. It is now a frontier state in the battles against Boko Haram and other West African insurgencies. But it's a backbencher on education and population control, with among the world's highest rates of illiteracy and fertility.

Africa's Sahel Is the World's Latest Frontline Against Terrorism

This vast swath of territory between the Sahara and the Savannah is emerging as the new epicenter of terrorism in Africa.

A New African Country Stands Between Europe and Instability

Squeezed in by internal conflicts and war-torn neighbors, Niger is a tinderbox that increasingly holds the key to security across West Africa.

This National Sports Icon Gives a Different Kind of Kick

Abdoul Razak Issoufou Alfaga is inspiring a new generation of taekwondo competitors — if only he can find the funding.


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The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

Can Niger Rise Again as a Post-Terror Tourism Hub?

Battered by years of violence, the city of Agadez is fighting to restore itself as a popular tourist destination.

Niger Shows the World How to Save Children

Despite extreme poverty, this country offers lessons to developing and developed nations on how to cut childhood mortality.

Niger Aftermath Highlights Need for Stronger African Policy

As President Trump begins touring Asia, questions remain over U.

The Niger Ambush Signals Next Likely ISIS Fight

Fighting terror will forever be hampered by the difficulty of spotting jihadist sympathizers, as we were just tragically reminded.

The Fashion World's Emerging Capital: Niger?

A look at how one of Africa’s fashion shows has quietly turned into an industry institution.

A Strategic Ally: Niger

Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, is helping the United States fight terror.


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Al-Qaida Offshoots

Violent Islamists keep regrouping — and renaming themselves.

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