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Published: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:03:37 -0500

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Ending South Sudan's Civil War

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:22:44 -0500

Following its independence in 2011, three years of civil war have left South Sudan on the cusp of full-scale genocide, with its sovereignty discredited and undermined by warring elites.

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Ending South Sudan’s Civil War

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:13:15 -0500

Following its independence in 2011, three years of civil war have left South Sudan on the cusp of full-scale genocide, with its sovereignty discredited and undermined by warring elites.

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Africa Update: Perspectives From International CEOs

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:13:22 -0400

Two African members of CFR's Global Board of Advisors discuss the geopolitical and geoeconomic issues facing the continent today. CFR's Global Board of Advisors, founded in 2012, fosters a dialogue between business and global leaders from the United States and abroad.

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Understanding the Roots of Conflict in South Sudan

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:45:22 -0400

South Sudan’s civil war is the result of a weakly institutionalized state and may require the African Union’s intervention to find peace and stability, says expert Alex de Waal.

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Congress' Cynical Zika Game Threatens All Americans

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:24:26 -0400

Garrett argues that Congress’ failure to pass a Zika funding bill and the ignored warnings of 9-11 and subsequent anthrax attacks show parallel instances of government failing the American people.

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Can Malaria Be Eradicated?

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:08:06 -0400

A leading killer among diseases is now targeted for eradication by the middle of this century. This Backgrounder examines the costly, challenging efforts to combat malaria.

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Civil War Within Nigerian Islam

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:17:26 -0400

There is a leadership struggle underway within Boko Haram, the violent, extremist movement that has claimed more than 20,000 lives since 2011 and destabilized the secular Nigerian state and its neighbors. The personal struggle between Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi reflects in part the rivalry between Boko Haram and a splinter group, “Ansaru,” and are part of a complex, intra-Muslim conflict across the Sahel, including competition between rival al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Islamic State.

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Private Sector Innovation and Women’s Entrepreneurship

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:37:30 -0400

Jane Nelson and Sarah Thorn will discuss strategies to grow women’s entrepreneurship worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the role of the private sector. They will address the importance of public-private partnerships to train female entrepreneurs and facilitate the integration of women-owned businesses into global supply chains. This meeting is part of a high-level series on women and development, generously sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation. 

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Overcoming the Legacy of White Supremacy in South Africa

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:10:18 -0400

Local elections in South Africa will provide a barometer for public concerns over a stubborn problem: how to reduce stark inequalities between whites and blacks, writes CFR's John Campbell.

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Improving U.S. Anticorruption Policy in Nigeria

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:03:44 -0400

Matthew Page outlines how U.S. policymakers could deter official corruption in Nigerian sectors and institutions in which the United States invests significant resources.

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Women in Tech as a Driver for Growth in Emerging Economies

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:08:17 -0400

Increasing women's access to tech jobs in low- and middle-income countries can help solve labor shortages, empower women, and grow the economy, argue Catherine Powell and Ann Mei Chang.

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The Many Africas

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:09:27 -0400

In his memoir, The Lion Awakes, Ashish Thakkar describes how, as a young entrepreneur selling computer parts across Africa in the 1990s, he noticed that flights within the conti­nent seemed to take longer than the distances on a map would suggest. “Were the planes slower?” he wondered. 

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'Morning in South Africa'

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:00:53 -0400

John Campbell discusses 'Morning in South Africa', his new book that introduces post-apartheid South Africa to an international audience and argues that South Africa’s future is bright and that its democratic institutions will weather its current lackluster governance.

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Despite Setbacks, South Africa’s Democratic Future Is Bright, Says John Campbell in New Book

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:45:22 -0400

John Campbell argues in Morning in South Africa that despite South Africa’s current
political and economic malaise, there are grounds for optimism about the country’s
democratic future. 

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Sub-Saharan Security Tracker

Mon, 23 May 2016 10:41:51 -0400

The Sub-Saharan Security Tracker (SST) draws on data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project, which documents political conflict across Africa. ACLED collects and codes reports of political violence from the media as well as local and international organizations.

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Sub-Saharan Security Tracker

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:39:26 -0400

The Sub-Saharan Security Tracker (SST) draws on data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project, which documents political conflict across Africa. ACLED collects and codes reports of political violence from the media as well as local and international organizations.

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Must Reads of the Week: Inadequate Infrastructure, Uganda's Mercenaries, and More

Fri, 13 May 2016 12:02:55 -0400

What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of May 9–13, 2016.

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What Makes Boko Haram Run?

Thu, 05 May 2016 13:42:46 -0400

The terror group Boko Haram is diminished but far from vanquished in Nigeria, and it appears to be expanding its regional reach, writes CFR’s John Campbell. 

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Hage Geingob on Namibia's Future

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 18:00:28 -0400

Hage Geingob discusses development goals and strategies for the future of Namibia, and provides his perspective on the nation's influence in the African region.

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Instead of Cutting Waste, Nigeria Racks Up Debt to Replace Oil Revenues

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:44:21 -0400

Last week, Nigeria’s Senate passed President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposed 2016 budget, which projected a deficit of $15 billion due to falling oil prices. In an email interview, Matthew Page, an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discussed the impact of falling oil prices on Nigeria’s economy and politics.

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Nigeria’s Problems Are Compounded By Sub-National Debt

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:56:48 -0400

Africa’s largest economy is struggling to find its feet. Sliding oil prices threaten to derail President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to put Nigeria’s public finances back in order, fund planned infrastructure spending, and field much-needed social programs.

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Nigeria’s Reform of Its State Oil Company Will Be Cosmetic Without Cutting Corrupt Ties

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:15:14 -0500

or decades, Nigeria’s state oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been the leading symbol of official corruption and a seemingly boundless source of political patronage. Faced with plummeting global oil prices and dwindling state coffers, president Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford to allow the NNPC, under a veneer of reform, to operate much as it did before. 

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The Election No One Is Talking About

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 17:25:28 -0500

On March 20, citizens of the Republic of Congo will vote in the country's next presidential election. But, this election can hardly be called democratic in an increasingly authoritarian nation. 

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Model Diplomacy: Humanitarian Intervention in South Sudan

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:14:52 -0500

Model Diplomacy: Humanitarian Intervention in South Sudan

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Morning in South Africa

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:50:41 -0500

In Morning in South Africa, John Campbell provides an incisive and deeply informed introduction to postapartheid South Africa.

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Nigeria: Buhari’s 2016 Budget Continues Use of Secretive ‘Security Votes’

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:48:05 -0500

Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the fight against corruption in Nigeria has unquestionably turned a corner. Shortly after taking office in May, he vowed to “plug revenue leakages”, made sweeping changes in the notoriously corrupt Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and took steps to tighten control over public spending.

 

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Nigeria's Future Hinges on Its States

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:03:48 -0500

The spotlight is on Nigeria's new president as he tries to tackle a vicious insurgency and steep economic problems but the crucial actors in trying to stabilize Africa's most populous country are at the state level, writes CFR's Matthew Page.

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Slow Progress for South Africa’s ‘Born-Free’ Generation

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:01:42 -0500

South Africa’s university strikes and demonstrations may presage stronger pressure on the governing African National Congress for accelerated social and economic change.

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United Nations: "Taking Action on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers"

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:24:19 -0500

This report was released on December 17, 2015. The report reviews how the United Nations responded to allegations of peacekeepers sexually abusing children in the Central African Republic in the spring of 2014.

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The Eastern Congo

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:30:22 -0500

Over the past two decades the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced fighting that has killed more than five million people. As the eastern Congo struggles to overcome years of regional war, its hard-won progress remains at risk.

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