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AU, Arab League and EU to meet on Libya

AU, Arab League and EU to meet on Libya


An ad-hoc panel of leaders from African Union countries is set to meet with European Union and Arab League officials tomorrow to discuss the way forward in Libya.
The panel, which includes heads of state from South Africa, Uganda, …

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Was Musician Wyclef Jean "Shot" in Haiti?

Was Musician Wyclef Jean "Shot" in Haiti?

This morning the Internet is abuzz with news that musician Wyclef Jean was shot in Haiti the night before historic presidential elections. The drama follows the return of former Haitian President

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Kenyan Rap Crew Extol Virtues of Bikes for Environment

Kenyan Rap Crew Extol Virtues of Bikes for Environment

These fellas took home first prize in the 1 minute to save the world film competition.

Kudos to GOOD, where I picked this up.

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Egypt: Rise to Freedom Video Remix

Egypt: Rise to Freedom Video Remix

Egypt: Rise to Freedom is a video and music tribute to the people of Egypt by Basha Beats and Natacha Atlas
Via Six Degrees Records blog, Globalnoize

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Diplomatic Infrastructure Grows for AU

Diplomatic Infrastructure Grows for AU

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the African Union, as the body seeks to establish itself as a major player in resolving challenges facing the continent.
Earlier this month, the United States inaugurated …

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Best in Global Music 2010: A List

Best in Global Music 2010: A List

What better way to close out the year than with a list of the best in global music for 2010?  Such lists abound, of course, from NPR to your favorite music blogs.  We, like other modern day followers of music that spans the globe, try to avoid the term “world …

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Cote D'Ivoire chaos marks one month

It’s been a month since the results of the contested November 28th presidential election were announced in Cote D’Ivoire, where things have taken a  turn for the worse over the end-of-year holidays.  As tensions and violence escalate – at least 170 people have been killed so far in post-election violence …

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Welcome to the African Union blog

Welcome to the African Union blog

Greetings and welcome to the African Union blog.  This blog is being launched in coordination with the publication of the latest of FPA’s Headline Series, backgrounders produced for more than half a century.  “The Quest for African Unity: 50 Years of Independence and Interdependence,” offers a short history of Pan-Africanism …

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AfroCubism: Record of the Year?

AfroCubism: Record of the Year?

So all of you are familiar with the Buena Vista Social Club right? The film, the soundtrack, the impact made by reuniting some of Cuba’s most experienced musicians.   Well, Afrocubism is the record that was supposed to get …

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Former Afghan Finance Minister: "UN agencies should shut down in Afghanistan."

Former Afghan Finance Minister: "UN agencies should shut down in Afghanistan."

Former Afghan Finance Minister and presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani was highly critical of United Nations operations in Afghanistan, lamenting what he said was a lack of transparency. “The UN should shut down in Afghanistan,” he said on a panel about the country’s future. “They are not transparent, they …

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NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Future of NATO

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Future of NATO

LISBON – NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addressed the the Youth Summit here as leaders of the alliance approved the final draft of NATO’s new Strategic Concept.
Rasmussen, the former Prime Minister of Denmark, said the ambitious agenda — which focuses on the future of long-term operations in Afghanistan, extensive partnerships …

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U.S. Asst. Secretary of Defense Affirms U.S. support for Georgia's NATO aspirations

U.S. Asst. Secretary of Defense Affirms U.S. support for Georgia's NATO aspirations

LISBON – The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Defense for international security affairs, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, affirmed U.S. support for Georgia’s aspirations for NATO membership here at the Young Atlantacist Youth Summit taking place alongside official deliberations over a new Strategic Concept for the transatlantic alliance.
Vershbow said that NATO partnerships with …

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Video: Searching for a New NATO Strategy

Video: Searching for a New NATO Strategy


FPA fellow Sarwar Kashmeri, author of NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete, spoke to Euronews’ Paul Hackett ahead of today’s NATO summit in Lisbon about the future of the alliance.
You can watch the video …

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Central Europe, NATO and Homo Atlanticus: A Polish Military Perspective

Dominik P. Jankowski from Poland’s J5 Strategic Planning Directorate and Tomasz K. Kowalik, Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, offer a military perspective on Central Europe’s efforts to mend rifts and manage strategic capabilities inside NATO at the Center for European Policy …

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Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates on eve of "historic" NATO summit

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates on eve of "historic" NATO summit

LISBON – Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates opened up the Youth Summit here with remarks on NATO’s new Strategic Concept, which he modestly branded the “Lisbon Concept.”  Sócrates said the two lasting legacies of the summit would be an affirmation of NATO’s partnership with Russia and the start of a …

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About the Author

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Robert Nolan is Editor-in-Chief of New Media at the Foreign Policy Association and a writer and producer of the Great Decisions Television Series on PBS. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, he has interviewed numerous heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, artists and musicians, and policymakers.

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