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Vulture Funds Curbing African Development

Vulture Funds Curbing African Development

In late 2012, vulture funds came to light with the bold seizure of an Argentine naval vessel, the ARA Libertad, in the Ghana port city of Tema. After two-and-a-half months under the control of the U.S.-based vulture fund NML capital – run by billionaire Paul Singer — the International …

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Online Collaborative Think Tank Tackles Transatlantic Issues

Online Collaborative Think Tank Tackles Transatlantic Issues


The debt crisis in Europe, anemic economic growth in the U.S., an uncertain future for NATO’s mission in Afghanistan with the year 2014 drawing closer, and growing cyber security challenges facing Western governments and multi-national corporations are some of the key challenges that deserve serious debate …

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A “So-Mali” Solution?

A “So-Mali” Solution?

 
 
With the French military intervention in Mali shifting to a more sustained action, the reality of the long, hard slog in the Mali region has triggered inevitable questions by diplomats, policy planners and many others as to what defines success – and what comes next? 
Most mouthed answer: “Somalia.” 
That’s correct.  The …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (Feb. 1-8)

The FPA’s Must Reads (Feb. 1-8)

If They Build It, Will the Kardashians Come?
By Peter Savodnik
The New York Times Magazine
Azerbaijan is rich — oil rich — pushing one million barrels of crude oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipepline per day. Perched on the Caspian and with a massive energy sector, it’s no wonder it …

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Ending “Doormat Politics” In Somalia

Ending “Doormat Politics” In Somalia


“More than ever, foreign policy is economic policy. The world is competing for resources and global markets.”   John Kerry
Considering the positive trend of the past eighteen months, Somalia is en route to recovery, and, in due course, to re-engineer a better state from the ground up. …

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The Question of Budget Support

The Question of Budget Support

 

Budget support is in the news once more. Corruption in Uganda recently spurred several Western governments to suspend their budget support to the government there. Unfortunately, for Uganda, this type of foreign aid makes up almost a quarter of its annual operating budget.
So I’m …

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AU—Yes 2012 for Africa goes to the AU

AU—Yes 2012 for Africa goes to the AU


Given all that we know and hear about Africa, success is not the first thing that comes to mind when penning about the African Union’s intervention in the continent’s conflicts.
But this year, under the continental body’s watchful eye, Kismayo in Somalia has fallen in the hands of the …

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A More Inclusive Global Energy Paradigm

A More Inclusive Global Energy Paradigm

As part of the European Union’s support for the U.N.’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, E.U. Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs announced with visiting Djibouti Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita that the E.U. would provide funding for a combined renewable energy and water desalinization plant. The plant, to be built near Djibouti …

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Lumumba (2000)

Lumumba (2000)

While the subject matter is fascinating, this film falls short in at least a couple of ways.
First, the music doesn’t seem to sync up with the action, being loud and dramatic during quiet scenes and being almost silent during the high drama that takes place.
It also presupposes that the viewer …

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Opinion: Cutting Aid Will Help End African Corruption

Opinion: Cutting Aid Will Help End African Corruption


Guest Post by Andy Kristian Agaba
Four European governments froze some aid meant for Uganda following the discovery of massive corruption in the Prime Minister’s (PM) office. A forensic audit by the Auditor General’s office unearthed endemic theft of funds totaling to more than $25 million. …

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Oxfam Criticizes World Bank on Land Issues

Oxfam Criticizes World Bank on Land Issues


Last month, Oxfam International released a new policy paper (Our Land, Our Lives) that looked at large-scale farm land acquisitions in the developing world, along with the role of the World Bank in facilitating some of the transactions as an investor and/or …

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The EU’s Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Strategy Introduced: first signs of strengths and weaknesses

The EU’s Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Strategy Introduced: first signs of strengths and weaknesses

Two and a half years after the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU showed up with a new human rights face for its external relations. The often repeated words of Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stating that human rights have to be …

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Do Good But Don’t Offend Africa

Do Good But Don’t Offend Africa

Guest post by Andy Kristian Agaba
Recently, a friend recently sent forwarded to me an article he had read curious to hear what my opinion was. He wrote that after reading the article, he had mixed emotions of which I am not keenly aware as I didn’t bother to …

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Do Women Leaders Matter?

Do Women Leaders Matter?

Do women leaders matter for women? Not at the national level suggests Nicholas Kristof in a recent New York Times article focused on a specific woman leader he doesn’t care for very much. According to him, she’s bad for everyone in her country, but especially for the women.
Kristof points …

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The Problem With “42 Allies”

The Problem With “42 Allies”

You might think most foreign policy wonks were looking forward to last night’s presidential debate but most I know were actually dreading it. It was well known that the difficult and pressing questions on foreign policy would not be asked, and to be honest, foreign policy …

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