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Sub-Saharan Africa

Somalia, No Political Legitimacy without Genuine Reconciliation

Somalia, No Political Legitimacy without Genuine Reconciliation

Out of context, all concepts and issues find themselves under the mercy of the dimwitted and exploiters.

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Burundi’s Electoral Quagmire

Burundi’s Electoral Quagmire

Some see the recent political upheaval and violence in Burundi as just another sad reminder of the plight of Africa’s struggling democracies. The travails of this tiny country, however, pose a threat to U.S. legitimacy on the African continent.

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Press Freedom Watchdog Highlights Troubling Developments in Kenya

Press Freedom Watchdog Highlights Troubling Developments in Kenya

Kenya has garnered praise for becoming one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest growing economies. Now, its government is coming under fire for some recent troubling developments affecting its fourth estate.

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International Security: We’re Doing it Wrong

International Security: We’re Doing it Wrong

Is a re-think of the Western-led international security enterprise needed to respond to a set of interrelated trends that have little to do with conflict between great states and far more to do with dysfunction within fragile states?

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Does the Egyptian Military Regime Work for U.S. and Allies?

Does the Egyptian Military Regime Work for U.S. and Allies?

Since the Egyptian military ousted former President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government in a coup in July 2013, a stricter and an increasingly oppressive rule governs Africa's third most populous country, but one that may not be that unwelcome with the U.S. or its allies.

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Nigeria’s Watershed Elections

Nigeria’s Watershed Elections

Nigeria, a country of 170 million, spread out in several hundred ethnic groups and split right down the middle between a Christian south and a Muslim north, will head to the polls on Feb. 14 to elect its new president in what promises to be the country’s defining democratic moment.

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U.S. policy forces Nigeria to turn east

U.S. policy forces Nigeria to turn east

If the reports of the dead are true, this would be Boko Haram's deadliest attack to date. War between the Islamic extremist group and Nigeria began in 2009, and has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives in six years.

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The Tinderbox of South Sudan

The Tinderbox of South Sudan

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U.S. Stability Operations Shouldn’t Short-change Africa

U.S. Stability Operations Shouldn’t Short-change Africa

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2014 African Election Preview

2014 African Election Preview

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Will It Work This Time?

Will It Work This Time?

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Remembering Mandela and his Foreign Policy

Remembering Mandela and his Foreign Policy

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Madiba: Hamba Kahle

Madiba: Hamba Kahle

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African youth perceptions of the U.S.

African youth perceptions of the U.S.

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Delivery and South African Politics

Delivery and South African Politics

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