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Fragile Island of Peace

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:18:57 +0000

Over a ten-year period in Burundi, skilled peacebuilders worked with over 8,000 leaders at all levels of government and civil society from presidents to police chiefs to train them in leadership, communication and conflict resolution skills. In a nation of 8 million, that’s 1 in every 1000 people. These leaders have in turn, used those skills to transform the country. The path chosen by Burundi’s leaders and the peacebuilders they worked with for 10 years was unusual in its scope. The film will bear witness to what was done and its value as a model.

Analysis: Obama in Africa

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:02:42 +0000

The zeitgeist of this Obama Trip was a logical next step for activities begun towards the close of 2012. Like Obama emphasized, Africa is open for business, and the U.S. - Africa relationship benefits both partners. Here, the African countries themselves must do more to make their countries attractive to the U.S. private sector through branding and other media activities.

The Trans - Atlantic South Partnership: Positions on Building a Mutually Beneficial Partnership with Africa

Tue, 21 May 2013 18:15:15 +0000

The U.S. has a major challenge on its hands: If the country does not come up with a well coordinated and timely strategy to ride Africa’s economic wave, not only will entities like China and the European Union continue to chip away at America’s strategic interests, the private sector will continue to sit on what a January 2013 Wall Street Journal article estimated to be USD $ 1.7 trillion in cash.

Why Economic Partnership Agreements Undermine Africa's Regional Integration

Fri, 03 May 2013 16:34:20 +0000

Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are legally binding bilateral contracts between the European Union and individual African countries. Once signed, EPAs warrant that within a decade, about 80% of that country’s market should open to European goods and services.

To their credit and through commendable negotiation dexterity, negotiators from various African countries have managed to exclude a number of subsidized agricultural products and sensitive industries from the negative elements of EPA stipulated market liberalization.

The Search for Antiseptic War: The Prospects and Perils of Drones for the United States, the Sahel and Beyond

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:50:02 +0000

"The U.S. Government has made clear that stabilization missions requiring deployment of large numbers of personnel - military and civilian - are not on the agenda for the foreseeable future. Not only budget constraints, but also sobering experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced a strategic shift."

Author Ann L. Phillips provides an overview of U.S. drone policy in the Sahel and elsewhere, and elaborates through analysis two major concerns with this evolving policy: mission effectiveness and moral hazard. Read more by opening the pdf link below.

Climate Change Adaptation and Peacebuilding in Africa: An Adaptation Partnership Workshop Report

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:06:10 +0000

On Thursday, November 1 and Friday November 2, 2012, USAID and the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Institute for Security Studies (Africa Program, Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity and the Environmental Change and Security Program), and IRG/Engility, convened a select group of experts, practitioners, and policymakers from both the United States and Africa in Washington, DC for a conference focused on the third area of concern – climate change adaptation (CCA) and peacebuilding in Africa.

The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity's 2012 "Year in Review"

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:02:45 +0000

A summary of the Africa Program and Leadership Project events, meetings, and publications of 2012 and the upcoming highlights of 2013. 

How Should America Respond to Economic Opportunities in Africa?

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:14:53 +0000

U.S. policy toward Africa has been on autopilot for much of the past four years, following a laundry list of good intentions that established priorities for Africa’s well-being and U.S. security interests. However, a truly sustainable and forward-looking U.S. policy toward Africa should refocus attention on Africa’s opportunity as an economic powerhouse of the future, a strategy that combines both domestic self-interest and an opportunity to help Africa move forward.

Africa’s Long Spring

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:33:10 +0000

Long before it came to the Arab world, spring swept through sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990, Mozambique drafted its first multiparty, democratic constitution. The next year saw multiparty elections in what had been one-party states in Benin, Gabon, and Zambia, as well as the overthrow of Mali’s dictator and, subsequently, the election of new leaders. Every succeeding year brought new steps forward for democracy—in Ghana, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo in 1992, and elsewhere on the continent in subsequent years.

Southern Voices in the Northern Policy Debate: Perspectives on Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in Africa

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:40:25 +0000

What are the important areas of divergence and convergence in the approaches to African conflict resolution and peace building between the North and Africa? This paper discusses several methodological issues in conflict resolution approaches in Africa, highlighting the divergences in the Western and African perspectives. It critically analyzes the existing conflict prevention/management framework in Africa and elaborate on the debate around humanitarian interventions in African conflicts.