Africa and the West: Revising the Rules of Engagement

March 16, 2014

The West needs to let Africa take charge of its own destiny. Lately, some African countries have signed anti-gay legislations. The consequence has been retribution from the West in the form of withdrawal of aid and vilification in international media. Other countries outside Africa took similar...

Connecting Power Grids Across Africa

August 22, 2013

Coordinating international efforts will bring faster results when dealing with energy issues in Africa. On his recent trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama announced his Power Africa initiative to spend $7 billion over five years to fund an electricity program in sub-Saharan Africa that...

Africa and Obama: Stepping into the Spotlight

July 24, 2013

African leaders must recognize their continent’s importance on the global stage. It was four years ago in the summer of 2009 when Barack Obama made his first trip to Africa as the US president. His stop? Ghana. For many people with little or no knowledge about Ghana, his choice of...

An African Summer?

April 14, 2013

George Ayittey, president of  the Free Africa  Foundation compares the Arab Spring with  Africa's village revolutions in the 1990s and explains what is needed to make democracy sustainable. After the Arab Spring erupted in North Africa in the spring of 2011, there was widespread...

Trade and Technologies: Africa in the Year 2022

October 15, 2012

Ten years from now Africa might be the only remaining developing region in the global race for economic growth. Amy Calfas goes in-depth in her winning essay for Fletcher School's “Africa's Turn?” conference (for background information see here). Few scholars have envisioned a...