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China’s Investment in Africa Faces Challenges in Madagascar

China’s Investment in Africa Faces Challenges in Madagascar

With the recent U.S. “pivot to Asia,” some analysts argue the U.S. is losing interest and influence in Africa, resulting in China overtaking the United States as Africa’s largest trading partner.

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Nigeria Key to U.S. Security in Africa

Nigeria Key to U.S. Security in Africa

As the deadly Ebola virus rips across West Africa causing death and civil unrest (i.e., due to the fear mongering that accompanies an epidemic) the fate of region remains at an impasse.

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WHO and the Ebola Crisis

WHO and the Ebola Crisis

It was 38 years ago, in 1976, that scientists first identified the virus. It had been found in a small village in northern Zaire (as the Democratic Republic of the Congo was called in those days) along the banks of the Ebola River.

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Globalization has not reached Somalia, but ‘junglification’ has

Globalization has not reached Somalia, but ‘junglification’ has

 

Considering the violent political unrest in various parts of the world, many accept the claim that the 21st century will go down in history as a period of global reorder, perpetual insecurity and bloodshed. If the grim headlines of the first decade could be taken as forecasts of the storms …

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Dissecting China’s $1 Trillion in Investments Globally

Dissecting China’s $1 Trillion in Investments Globally

 

While China is generously endowed with hydrocarbon resources, its chief energy concern centers on ensuring access to energy supplies to meet its demand needs. Toward that goal, China has started investing in both the upstream oil, and petrochemical sectors worldwide — particularly in Africa, and more recently through joint ventures …

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China Reaches the Equivalent of Peak U.S. Energy Imports Dependence

China Reaches the Equivalent of Peak U.S. Energy Imports Dependence

There are 1.3 billion people in China. That is more than 18 percent of the world’s population. Urbanization, city sprawl and greater demand for mobility are all challenges high up in the Chinese growth agenda. The common denominator to all these factors is the upward pressure they put on the …

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A Soft Power Stumble

A Soft Power Stumble

Ever since it became a rising economic power, China started to realize the need for soft power in order to increase its global competitiveness.  In Africa, Beijing found itself competing with Western companies backed by development agencies imposing good governance and human rights restrictions.  Beijing sought to appeal to some …

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Beyond Local Content: Catalyzing Job Creation in Ghana’s Oil Sector

Beyond Local Content: Catalyzing Job Creation in Ghana’s Oil Sector

By Sarah Lawson and Marina Tolchinsky
The discovery of oil off Ghana’s coast in 2007 sparked both excitement and concern.
While the actual finds were modest in comparison with regional oil powerhouses such as Nigeria and Angola, it was estimated that oil exports could bring $1 billion in gross annual revenues.[1] As …

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Oil is treasure as African piracy shifts west

Oil is treasure as African piracy shifts west

The Kerala cargo vessel loaded with 60,000 tons of diesel on January 18 was an easy target for pirates lurking in the waters off West Africa.
After maritime security firms warned of a tugboat stalking the Kerala off the coast of Angola, the tanker’s communication …

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Filling Ethiopia’s Power Void

Filling Ethiopia’s Power Void

East Africa is on the verge of personifying an energy transformation. New advances in natural gas, wind, geothermal, solar power and potentially oil are emerging to feed the hungry markets, while large hydro will continue to expand as well. Ethiopia, a country of 92 million and 7+ percent economic growth, …

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Uniting Food Security and Economic Growth in Africa

Uniting Food Security and Economic Growth in Africa

With the passing of another year comes the need to look ahead at the issues that will increasingly define the world we live in. Every year since 1945 the international community marks World Food Day, serving as a reminder of the importance …

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Remembering Mandela and his Foreign Policy

Remembering Mandela and his Foreign Policy

When I heard the news that Nelson Mandela, our beloved Madiba, was gone, I had flashbacks to the first time I laid eyes on my South African wife. I didn’t know much about South Africa at the time, and for some reason or another I kept calling her “Mandela” over …

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African youth perceptions of the U.S.

African youth perceptions of the U.S.

 
Being an American professor living in Africa and teaching international relations, I have been involved in numerous debates about my country and its foreign policy. Obviously you get your mix, some pro-U.S. and some not.
To try and make better sense of the situation, I decided to embark on a little …

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What shale gas could mean for Southern Africa

What shale gas could mean for Southern Africa

The shale gas debate rages on across Europe, Asia, and North America, but one ponders how the already resource rich Southern Africa fits into this equation. What is there, what is the potential and what could it mean from an economic and geopolitical standpoint?
One country already known to possess great …

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Supporting Promise with Action in Africa’s Rise

Supporting Promise with Action in Africa’s Rise

It started with a simple drink, or more accurately, the inability of Senegalese-born Magatte Wade to find it when she returned to Senegal. In searching for a hibiscus drink she remembered fondly from her childhood, it was nowhere to be seen in Dakar. The reason, she discovered, was that as …

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