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U.S. must tread carefully in Zimbabwe

U.S. must tread carefully in Zimbabwe

Council of Foreign Relations senior fellow Ambassador John Campbell recently released a policy innovation memorandum entitled, “Zimbabwe: An Opportunity for Closer U.S.-South Africa Relations.” It is heartening to see analysts writing on topics they perceive as beneficial to closer relations between the United States and South Africa. Campbell, a former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, makes […]

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Food crisis forcing more child marriages in Niger?

Food crisis forcing more child marriages in Niger?

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria. A recent Washington Post article by Sudarsan Raghavan reports about the abundance of teenage girls getting married as a result of food shortages in Niger.  Nearly one of two girls gets married before the age of 15 in hopes of exchanging dowries to provide much needed food and financial support […]

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Deal of the Century: Will Chinese Investment Save Congo?

Deal of the Century: Will Chinese Investment Save Congo?

by Nathan William Meyer   Twenty-four trillion dollars.  It is a number that beggars the imagination, almost 40% of the global economy, and it is buried in one of the world’s poorest and most violent countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Failed state, rape capital of the world, humanitarian catastrophe – the Congo personifies all […]

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Aid shortfall threatens refugees in Dadaab

Aid shortfall threatens refugees in Dadaab

Housing nearly half a million people, the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya been a growing haven for those fleeing drought, famine and chaos in neighboring Somalia, albeit one with problems of its own.  This past week, aid agencies reported that funds needed to keep servicing the camp are falling short by nearly $25 million. “The […]

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Meet the African Union Chair Madame Zuma

Meet the African Union Chair Madame Zuma

Call it the century of African women! First, there was the Nobel winner Ma Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the current president of Liberia. Then, there was the grassroots women’s rights activist Joyce Hilda Banda, who was sworn in April 2012 as the president of impoverished Malawi after the death of wa Mutharika . And now, the […]

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A Tale of Two Mothers: Food Insecurity in Ethiopia

A Tale of Two Mothers: Food Insecurity in Ethiopia

A video slideshow from the BBC illustrates the circumstances of two Ethiopian women, each dealing with food insecurity.  Fitsum Birhan Tadele is a 20-year old mother of two who lives in Ethiopia’a arid Hintalo Wajerat district, whose people rely on food aid each dry season. The slideshow also shows how a food-for-work irrigation project can […]

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U.S. Calls Out Boko Haram

U.S. Calls Out Boko Haram

Why is it that the media in the West seem to fixate on some stories while completely ignoring others? The strategic analysis firm Stratfor recently sent their subscribers a report by Robert Kaplan that contained the following quote that provides an insightful answer: The media love people stories; they love to humanize everything about a […]

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A Barrage of Stories

A Barrage of Stories

Very early tomorrow morning I head to South Africa for my first trip there in nearly a year. I’ll be there for three weeks and will be upping my frequency and volume of posting. But in the meantime, here is a deluge of stories that have been piling up in my tabs: At The Atlantic […]

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A Candid Discussion with Steve Killelea

A Candid Discussion with Steve Killelea

Interview conducted by Reza Akhlaghi. One of Australia’s leading business leaders, Steve Killelea is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Mr. Killelea is also the driving force behind the Global Peace Index (GPI), the world’s first and leading measure of global peacefulness. GPI measures ongoing domestic and international conflicts, safety, and […]

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Sustainable Peace: Why Somaliland Matters

Sustainable Peace: Why Somaliland Matters

  Like in wars between states and other organized groups, civil wars and other protracted domestic conflicts are seldom caused by a single factor. Over time, even those that prove to be the exception to the rule eventually evolve into a much more complex conflict- hence the entity known as Somaliland. A Brief History Only […]

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Better Writing (And Thinking) About Africa

Better Writing (And Thinking) About Africa

In The Guardian a few days ago Binyavanga Wainaina wryly provided  “How not to write about Africa in 2012 – a beginner’s guide” that really is more of a primer on the contemporary culture of the few remaining Africa correspondents for American and European publications. This article serves as something of an addendum to his […]

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Young African Leaders Making a Difference

Young African Leaders Making a Difference

The news coming out of Africa is almost always negative. Moreover, it almost never touches on the African youth. So for a change of tune, I want to let you know about some phenomenal young people from the continent who are doing extraordinary things. In January 2012, Young People in International Affairs or YPIA, an NGO […]

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Conflict pushing South Sudan towards crisis

Conflict pushing South Sudan towards crisis

Posted by contributor Andres Santamaria. Sudan and South Sudan continue to clash, with each side seeking to control lucrative oil fields near their border. However, as the crisis persists, there are many efforts to relieve some of the humanitarian problems that have emerged in South Sudan, according to Action Against Hunger. “Nearly half the population […]

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Africa’s Success Story: Child Mortality Declines

Africa’s Success Story: Child Mortality Declines

Last week’s print edition of the Economist reports “the best story in development,” which describes huge declines in child mortality across Africa.  Too often, good stories about Africa are buried in the back pages of newspapers and magazines.  In this case, the headline is sensationalist but true.  The trends of child mortality in a majority of African […]

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Africa’s Boom

Africa’s Boom

Africa is growing. Sometime two years ago the continent’s population surpassed a billion people. But this is not simply some sort of phenomenon of Malthusian proportions. For as Africa’s population grows, so too does its economy, in ways that most people probably do not realize. Howard French explains: Africa, with a population expected to roughly […]

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