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East African alliances necessary for U.S. to combat radicalism

East African alliances necessary for U.S. to combat radicalism

Ever since the events unfolded on Sep. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the U.S. has focused an exorbitant amount of resources to ensure that similar attacks, targeting Americans, are prevented. This means identifying areas that could become breeding grounds …

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Armed to the Teeth: The Security Problem with Libya and its Weapons Cache

Armed to the Teeth: The Security Problem with Libya and its Weapons Cache

 
When the Libyan Civil War ended with the death of Muammar Gaddafi in October of 2011, the country rejoiced, as they had finally rid themselves of tyrannical rule that lasted 42 years. Shortly after, the National Transitional Council (NTC) declared Libya …

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Even if Kony turns himself in, he still emerges as the victor

Even if Kony turns himself in, he still emerges as the victor

In 1986, after years of terror under the reign of Idi Amin and a resistance that yielded two successful military coups, Yoweri Museveni emerged as the unchallenged leader of Uganda, as his National Resistance Army seized Kampala and installed Museveni as president. That same year, another rebel …

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With M23 on the run, DRC has golden opportunity for peace

With M23 on the run, DRC has golden opportunity for peace

Mouvement du 23-Mars (M23) rebels fled their stronghold in Bunaguna, a small town in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the border with Uganda, the rebel movement’s political leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, called for a ceasefire to end all hostilities. While fighting is …

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Stopping terrorist attacks starts at home

Stopping terrorist attacks starts at home

On Sept. 20, 2013, the world watched the gruesome ordeal unfold in Kenya as a platoon of terrorists from the Somali militia group al-Shabab stormed the Westgate Mall in a posh neighborhood in the capital of Nairobi. As of today, nearly 70 people have been confirmed dead in …

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Poor timing may leave CAR to its fate

Poor timing may leave CAR to its fate

The people of the Central African Republic (CAR) may be left to fend for themselves. Despite the increasingly dire humanitarian crisis emerging in the country, conflict in other countries may overshadow the situation so much that the country will be left to its fate.
Scores of people were …

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Aid for Trade’s Positive Impact Must Reach Local Markets to be Effective

Aid for Trade’s Positive Impact Must Reach Local Markets to be Effective

 
After receiving and reviewing an advanced copy of the Organization of Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) 2013 report Aid for Trade at a Glance: Connecting to Value Chains, I am intrigued by the ongoing process of replacing a portion of direct foreign aid with viable bi- and multi-lateral trade agreements that help …

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Egypt’s Revolution has the potential to surpass Syrian violence

Egypt’s Revolution has the potential to surpass Syrian violence

To coup or not to coup? Who cares? Whatever label it is being given, coup or revolution, what the Egyptian military accomplished less than one week ago is removing a government supposedly democratically elected. This comes on the heels of a previous removal …

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Taking the Wind out of the Sails of Piracy in West Africa

Taking the Wind out of the Sails of Piracy in West Africa

As 25 leaders from West and Central Africa convened for a two-day conference in Yaounde, Cameroon, global leaders awaited solutions from the summit on how to fix the challenges of security in the Gulf of Guinea. The region is crucial in the geopolitical scope for many …

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Time for Mugabe to go

Time for Mugabe to go

 
The violent, mismanaged and tyrannical rule of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe must end. As the opposition parties in the country unite to dig their heels in bracing to defend against another example of the blatant and rampant corruption that has engulfed Mugabe’s reign, which has lasted more …

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Africa Showing Zero Tolerance for Organized Terror

Africa Showing Zero Tolerance for Organized Terror

Nigeria increased its offensive last week against the insurgence group Boko Haram in an attempt to reclaim the northwest region where the rebel group has attempted to carve out an Islamic state for the last four years. The conflict has …

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ICC Rift with Africa Growing in Pursuit of Kenyatta

ICC Rift with Africa Growing in Pursuit of Kenyatta

On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s richest man and son of the country’s founding president won the presidential election of Kenya and prepared to take the highest office in the nation. However, amid the success of achieving such a high rank ucertainty loomed. This is because Kenyatta …

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Masai Ujiri: The Path to Becoming the First African NBA Executive

Masai Ujiri: The Path to Becoming the First African NBA Executive


Masai Ujiri took an unconventional route to the pinnacle of National Basketball Association (NBA) team management. Now he is watching his Denver Nuggets’, a team he built in just three seasons as general manager, attempt to make a run at an NBA championship.
Ujiri grew up in the central northern region of Nigeria, in …

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U.N. offensive operation in DRC a long time coming

U.N. offensive operation in DRC a long time coming

 
In March, the United Nations Security Council came to a uaminous and monumental decision by approving an intervention brigade through Resolution 2098, which permits the use of offensive tactics against the M23 rebels and other  militia groups operating in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo …

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What’s Next for the Central African Republic?

What’s Next for the Central African Republic?

On Wednesday March 20, Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) called off a truce negotiated at the beginning of 2013 and began an invasion of several towns on their way to the capital of Bangui. The rebels claimed that President François Bozizé failed …

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About the Author

Daniel Donovan
Daniel Donovan

Daniel is the Executive Director of a non-profit development organization that focuses on building infrastructure and training in rural Sub-Saharan Africa called the African Community Advancement Initiative (http://www.acainitiative.org/) . He has a Master's degree graduate in International Relations with an emphasis on conflict resolution and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Coupled with his extensive financial background, Daniel also works as a consultant for Consultancy Africa Intelligence in Pretoria and the Centre for Global Governance and Public Policy in Abu Dhabi. In addition to his work at FPA, he is also a regular contributor to The Continent Observer and International Policy Digest. He currently resides in Denver, CO.

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