Time is Running Out for The Gambia’s President

January 16, 2017

Will there be a peaceful transition of power in The Gambia? It’s clear that Adama Barrow, the president-elect of The Gambia, has the support of most African nations and the wider international community. His inauguration—scheduled for January 19—marks a watershed moment for the Gambian...

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...

Boko Haram: Threatening West Africa?

July 05, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Jacob Zenn about Nigeria's Boko Haram and its possible influence on West Africa. Nicholas A. Heras: To what degree does Boko Haram represent a threat to international security? Is it accurate to say that Boko Haram is primarily a Nigeria-based militant movement...

Obama’s Visit to Africa: Why Now?

June 25, 2013

With worldwide economic shifts, it is time Africa realizes the unique opportunities at hand. On the single longest trip of his presidency, Barack Obama is set to begin his week-long visit to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) on Wednesday, which will see the US president travel to Senegal, South Africa, and...