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Sub-Saharan Africa

On the Ground (Indirectly) in Harare

On the Ground (Indirectly) in Harare

  Communicating with friends and colleagues in Harare, I am hearing the following (all quotations are direct from people I have communicated with, but I hope you’ll forgive my granting of anonymity in light of the circumstances): Get out of your minds your 1970s African coup cliches. Most of the streets in ...

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Crisis in Zimbabwe: Is Mugabe Finally Out?

Crisis in Zimbabwe: Is Mugabe Finally Out?

What is happening in Zimbabwe? It appears that 93-year old “President for Life” Robert Mugabe might finally be out of power. The military has refused to acknowledge a “coup,” but when the military leadership provide the spokesmen for the government, when generals are asserting who will and will not be acceptable ...

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Straight Talk On Somalia Insecurity

Straight Talk On Somalia Insecurity

There is a broad-based consensus that security in Somalia has been deteriorating at an alarming rate. In the past few weeks, hundreds of people have been killed by truck bombs at two prominent locations in Mogadishu. The lethal potency of the explosives and the scale of death ...

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Farmajo Follows Footsteps of Failure

Farmajo Follows Footsteps of Failure

  All betrayals are not made equal. In recent weeks, a political disaster of epic proportions has befallen upon Somalia. The Somali government has committed what many – including some of its staunchest supporters – consider a treasonous act. Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has extradited a Somali citizen, ...

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Blackened Waters of Somalia

Blackened Waters of Somalia

At this critical juncture and in this particular ‘do or die’ moment in Somali history, objective assessment of new trends has an existential significance. Early this year when the previous Somali President was voted out of the office in favor of a more popular one, the euphoria ...

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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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