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Trump Administration Looks to Weaken Rules on Conflict Minerals

Trump Administration Looks to Weaken Rules on Conflict Minerals

The Trump administration has ordered a review of Dodd-Frank banking regulations with view to scale back its scope. This would include dismantling rules that require companies using ‘conflict minerals’ to disclose their sourcing and monitor supply chains.

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Circling The Square In Somalia

Circling The Square In Somalia

Somalia is headed in the right direction. But “right direction” doesn’t mean a path free of pitfalls and clear of landmines.

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Governing in Silence as Nigeria’s President Falls Sick

Governing in Silence as Nigeria’s President Falls Sick

Nigeria’s president, Muhamaddu Buhari, headed to the UK for his “annual leave” on January 19. It’s approaching seven weeks, and Buhari is still on leave.

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Ethical Cobalt Extraction & Trump’s Possible Rules Repeal

Ethical Cobalt Extraction & Trump’s Possible Rules Repeal

Over 60% of the global cobalt supply comes from the DRC where a legacy of civil war, the persistence of basic forms of mining, and a weak state make ethical and transparent sourcing hugely challenging.

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Gambia Offers Hope for African Democracy

Gambia Offers Hope for African Democracy

Gambians ousted Yahya Jammeh after 23 years of authoritarian rule. Many are hoping this is a signal that the days of other long-ruling African dictators could be numbered.

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The Rocky Road to Stability: Mali 4 Years after the French Intervention

The Rocky Road to Stability: Mali 4 Years after the French Intervention

The French intervention and the African-led multilateral force have saved Mali from a total collapse. At the same time, the country is far from long-term stability.

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Instability in the DRC: The Kabila Problem

Instability in the DRC: The Kabila Problem

Joseph Kabila has decided to postpone elections in the DRC. In one of the most unstable countries in the world, the implications are serious.

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Africa’s Tech Scene: Drones Deliver, Uber Innovates, Entrepreneurs Repatriate

Africa’s Tech Scene: Drones Deliver, Uber Innovates, Entrepreneurs Repatriate

Africa is becoming a hotbed for technology, shifting again the conventional wisdom on the continent and redefining its business environment and politics.

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Risky Business: DRC Mining Gambles

Risky Business: DRC Mining Gambles

Why would a company choose to set up operations in one of the DRC’s most unstable areas even as a crisis threatens to tip the country back towards conflict?

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Chasing Mirages Across Somalia

Chasing Mirages Across Somalia

With Somalia’s election around the corner, what criteria should be used to evaluate each candidate? Hint: not name recognition nor clan affiliation.

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Security Context of Illegal Wildlife Trade in East Africa

Security Context of Illegal Wildlife Trade in East Africa

Illegal wildlife trade is of immense value to criminal organizations and armed non-state actors such as al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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A New Direction: Henri’s Story

A New Direction: Henri’s Story

In 2003, Henri Ladyi turned his back on the endless fighting in the DRC. Twelve years later he has been called “Africa’s Schindler” for his peacebuilding efforts in the eastern part of the country.

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8 Simple Steps to Bury Your Own Country

8 Simple Steps to Bury Your Own Country

Between now and August, when a new Somali president is supposed to be elected, a variety of political noises are expected to get amplified only to lead to the all too familiar outcome—a wonderful presidential parade to inaugurate the next charlatan, a new or a recycled one.

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Nairobi – A Hard Road to Travel?

Nairobi – A Hard Road to Travel?

Tourism floundered in the aftermath of the notorious 2013 attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Centre, carried out by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in neighbouring Somalia, Al Shabaab; but now a series of international conferences during 2016 has raised hopes for a successful year for the city’s tourism industry.

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Kenya’s Tourism Sector Set to Recover

Kenya’s Tourism Sector Set to Recover

After declines following attacks by Somalia-based militants and piracy, Kenya’s $1 billion a year tourism sector looks set to for a robust recovery in 2016.

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