Temi Ibirogba

Program & Research Associate, Africa Program

Temi Ibirogba is the Program and Research Associate for the Africa Program at the Center for International Policy. Ms. Ibirogba holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the Theory and History of International Relations. Before attending LSE, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Politics on an International Relations track from Newcastle University.

Temi holds a senior editorial role at The Republic, a journal of Nigerian and African affairs. The Republic uses creative mediums to discuss the most pressing political, economic and social issues on the continent. She has also worked at InterAction, an international development organization focused on global change through public policy with a large focus on geopolitical and security issues, as well as the Firoz Lalji Research Centre for Africa at LSE.



Global Magnitsky Act Sanctions: African Nations

By Temi Ibirogba and Sifa Kasongo

The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act was adopted by the U.S. Congress in 2016. Along with Executive Order 13818, it allows the U.S. government to sanction individuals and/or entities involved in serious human rights abuses and/or corruption around the world. Sanctions are in the form of blocking or revoking U.S. visas and freezing of assets and property in the U.S.

As of January 25, 2021, 246 individuals and entities ranging across 29 countries have been sanctioned under Executive Order 13818, either for human rights abuses and/or corruption. Of the 246 sanctions, there are 84 Global Magnitsky designations in Africa (34 %) across eight countries.

Global Magnitsky Act Sanctions: African Nations

Biden Administration's US-Africa Foreign Policy Plan

by Temi Ibirogba

Biden has been a major proponent of a strategy he called “counterterrorism plus.” This approach emphasizes fighting terrorist networks in foreign countries using small groups of U.S. special forces and aggressive air strikes instead of large troop deployments. This strategy largely defined Obama’s policy in fighting jihadists and other militant groups around the world, including in Somalia, Libya and the Sahel.

Biden Administration's US-Africa Foreign Policy Plan

Issue Brief: U.S. Security Sector Assistance (SSA) to Nigeria

by Temi Ibirogba and Elias Yousif

In October 2020, peaceful Nigerian protestors faced violent crackdowns from the Muhammadu Buhari administration during nationwide protests. The #EndSARS movement seeks to end police brutality and bad governance in the country. The United States has provided security sector assistance (SSA) to the Nigerian military and police for many years. This issue brief looks at the trends in U.S. assistance to Nigeria since FY2001. CIP’s Security Assistance Monitor has provided the data which demonstrates the magnitude of the U.S. role.

Issue Brief: U.S. Security Sector Assistance (SSA) to Nigeria


U.S.-Funded Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa Aren't Helping

Temi Ibirogba quoted

“It’s clear that the U.S. counterterrorism plan for Africa in the wake of 9/11 is a foreign policy failure,” said Temi Ibirogba, the Program and Research Associate for the Africa Program at the Center for International Policy. “These trends mean we need to think about racism within U.S. foreign policy. American exceptionalism has caused the U.S. to believe that their involvement in arming and supporting local security forces is what Africa needs.”

It is essential, Ibirogba told VICE World News, to replace the counterterrorism security model with one rooted in holistic peacebuilding measures. “What is needed is a human security approach that addresses the multidimensional root causes of issues,” she said. “One that focuses on investing in African nations’s infrastructures, health care systems, mental health services, social welfare programs, businesses and more, rather than investing in their militaries and police forces who are guilty of gross human rights violations.”

Algeria’s Indefinite Pause

by Temi Ibirogba

For more than a year, millions of Algerian protesters have relentlessly taken to the streets to demand the erasure of the country’s corrupt deep state. Now, after months of protests, arrests and a hopeful belief in their end goal, the novel coronavirus has brought their activity to a screeching halt.

Exclusive: Inside the Secret World of US Commandos in Africa

Temi Ibirogba quoted

Temi Ibirogba, a programme and research associate with the Africa Program at the Center for International Policy, warned that training, equipping and assisting the militaries of nations accused of human rights violations empowers them and provides justifications for abuses. “If the most powerful democratic nation in the world is supporting your military, you’ll surely believe that the human rights violations you’ve committed are excusable,” she told the M&G.

Pentagon's Own Map of U.S. Bases in Africa Contradicts Its Claim of “Light” Footprint

William Hartung and Temi Ibirogba quoted

“The U.S. military should be considering alternative approaches like better coordination with African regional and continental organizations and encouraging African governments to consider negotiations in certain cases."

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