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Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:43:02 -0400

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How the Trump Administration Can Help Combat Kleptocracy in Africa

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:55:52 -0400

A U.S. policy of combating kleptocracy across sub-Saharan Africa should start with Nigeria and South Africa. 

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Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:28:49 -0400

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be reversing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

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South Africa’s Cabinet Reshuffle Reflects Leadership Crisis

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:12:23 -0400

President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has exposed growing fissures within the ruling African National Congress, writes CFR’s John Campbell.

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How Conflict Drives Hunger in Africa, Yemen

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:10:19 -0400

Lasting solutions to the food emergencies affecting millions of people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen require an end to violence in those countries, says World Food Program Chief Economist Arif Husain.

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Ending South Sudan’s Civil War

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:24 -0400

Katherine Almquist Knopf discusses the ongoing violence in South Sudan and policy options for ending the civil war.

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The Last Chance for the Old Guard of Kenya’s Opposition

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:08:41 -0500

A fourth presidential bid loss by Kenyan opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga could cost him the confidence of his base, and if by a close margin or because of perceived voting irregularities, could ignite the kind of ethnic violence seen after Kenya's 2007 election and narrowly avoided after its 2013 race, argues CFR's Tiffany McGriff.

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China's Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:12:49 -0500

Yanzhong Huang argues that the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa highlighted the role of China in addressing public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC).

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The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:30:35 -0500

Lamin Sanneh discusses the origin and evolution of the Muslim pacifist tradition in West Africa highlighting Islam's role in fostering political moderation, religious tolerance, and social pluralism throughout the region.

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Africa Shouldn’t Freak Out About Trump

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:46:27 -0500

It’s boring bureaucrats, not the erratic president, who will shape the next administration's policy toward Africa, argues CFR's John Campbell.

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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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