Africa Needs Its Own “New Deal”

Sep 17, 2020

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Africa faces an unprecedented level of starvation, poverty and suffering that will last far beyond 2020. A lack of medical facilities and resources to offset economic losses is expected to push 37.5 million more Africans into...

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?
Sep 15, 2020

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?
Aug 28, 2020

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Three Years On, Still No Accountability for Our Son’s Death
Aug 26, 2020

Three Years On, Still No Accountability for Our Son's Death

Why the UAE Wants Somalia in the Yemen Conflict

Why the UAE Wants Somalia in the Yemen Conflict

Aug 17, 2020

In late June, the United Arab Emirates asked Somalia to enter the conflict in Yemen in return for financial incentives and the reopening of a medical facility. Somalia’s instant rejection partially resulted from the strained Mogadishu-Abu Dhabi relationship. Why did the UAE initially make the...

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse

Jul 06, 2020

Six years ago, Sierra Leone was fighting Ebola, an infectious disease that devastated the country for almost two years. Today, like most countries around the world, the West African nation is in the midst of fighting another disease: COVID-19. The Ebola outbreak not only killed thousands of...

The Sudan Conference Presents an Opportunity

The Sudan Conference Presents an Opportunity

Jun 24, 2020

A little more than a year has passed since the coup that toppled Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. On June 25, the Sudan Partnership Conference — convened by Germany in concert with Sudan, the European Union and the United Nations — will coordinate action to overcome the country’s economic...

Remembering Germany’s Dark Colonial History

Remembering Germany’s Dark Colonial History

Jun 16, 2020

Germany is the great latecomer in Western Europe. For much of its history, Germany was a territorial space occupied by dozens of autonomous political entities — kingdoms, principalities, duchies, margraviates, free cities. It was not until 1870 that Germany was united. By then, the world...

The Humanitarian Disaster Before Us: COVID-19 in Somalia

The Humanitarian Disaster Before Us: COVID-19 in Somalia

Jun 06, 2020

For months, analysts have warned that Somalia is one of many African countries at the highest risk for the spread of the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV2. Now, that forecast is turning quickly into a grim reality. Somali authorities have confirmed over 2,100 cases of COVID-19 — the disease...

East Africa Faces a Cascade of Crises

East Africa Faces a Cascade of Crises

Jun 04, 2020

In East Africa, particularly in the Horn of Africa, several crises are currently overlapping. For some time now, climate events such as droughts have been creating major food supply bottlenecks in addition to fueling conflict and war. These issues are being exacerbated by a locust swarm that...

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Jun 04, 2020

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about the World Health Organization (WHO), China and the world at large. In fact, we do not like it at all, but Trump has a point, and acknowledging it would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led...

Solving Africa’s Hunger Challenge

Solving Africa’s Hunger Challenge

Jun 01, 2020

With border closures, supply chain interruptions and loss of income due to lockdowns caused by COVID-19, the number of people facing acute hunger around the world is estimated to rise from 135 million to 265 million this year. This is particularly the case in sub-Saharan Africa, where before the...

Can US Special Operations Command Be Held Accountable?

Can US Special Operations Command Be Held Accountable?

May 20, 2020

Last October, a group of eight Apache attack and CH-47 Chinook helicopters carrying US commandos roared out of an airfield in Iraq. They raced through Turkish airspace and across the Syrian border, coming in low as they approached a village just north of Idlib province where Islamic...

Has COVID-19 Launched a New Era of Deadly Pandemics?

Has COVID-19 Launched a New Era of Deadly Pandemics?

May 19, 2020

There are many theories as to how COVID-19 began. Some of them are plausible, others are nonsensical. US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have done their bit to fan such theories. Many in the world believe that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was either released...

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