Africa This Month: Africa in the Age of Donald Trump

November 30, 2016

The incoming Trump administration is likely to turn isolationist and dial down engagement with Africa, allowing the Chinese to fill the resulting vacuum. November has proved to be eventful. Apparently, South African President Jacob Zuma’s leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) is...

Africa This Month: International Institutions Stumble

October 31, 2016

Despite divisions and conflicts, African leaders are behaving more assertively in their messy dealings with the international community and its imperfect institutions. This month, Africa hosted a big international gathering. Delegates from over 150 countries met in Kigali, Rwanda, to reach a...

Africa This Month: Saving the Village to Transform the Continent

September 30, 2016

African leaders get together and come up with a declaration that emphasizes the development of rural areas so that Africans stop fleeing to cities and other continents. The end of the commodity boom has hit places like Africa and Latin America hard. In April, the International Monetary Fund...

Tunisia Has New Leaders, But Old Challenges

September 23, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this second part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the economic and...

Strengthening Business Ties Between Italy and Africa

September 23, 2016

In the last of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy’s relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa. Read part 1 and part 2.  Closer Italy-Africa relations can pave the way for mutually advantageous business deal-making and investments....

Italy’s Investment in Africa is Not a Passing Fancy

September 20, 2016

In the second of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy’s relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa. Read part 1 here. Italy’s postcolonial relations with the Horn of Africa can be summed up as undulant: occasionally on the rise, propelled...

Italy’s History in Africa is a Messy Affair

September 16, 2016

In the first of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy's relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa. Earlier this year, Italy hosted the first ever Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference in Rome. Held at the cavernous travertine-laden Farnesina...

El Nino Exacerbates Africa’s AIDS Epidemic

September 15, 2016

Faced with a choice between using their sparse income to access anti-retroviral therapy or nourishment, many affected by AIDS in Africa opt for the latter. In July, UNICEF issued a stark warning that the El Nino climate cycle had created a humanitarian disaster in the developing nations most...

Africa This Month: Democracy Deepens Amidst Economic Woes

August 31, 2016

Elections, free, fair and not-so-fair, at a time of economic crisis mark a deepening of democracy in a continent where Big Men once ruled with impunity. Power abhors a vacuum. In many parts of Africa, independence from European imperial powers was just a ceremonial transfer of power to local...

Africa This Month: Pan-Africanism Means Colonial Borders Must Go

July 31, 2016

This month, the African Union launched the first African passports to boost free movement of goods, services and people even as grim challenges buffet the continent. Pan-Africanism is alive and kicking. The idea that all of Africa must come closer together has suffered setbacks but still retains...

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