Issues Navigator

Global Challenges

Strategic Regions

Domestic Debates

Tag cloud

See All Tags

Strategic Regions


July 23, 2012 | Let's Crowdsource the World's Goals This Article contains Flash-Video

Jamie Drummond: In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease — with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years. …More

July 18, 2012 | The Wrong Solution: Military Intervention Against the LRA

Rodolphe Casado: The African Union’s military mission to take on Joseph Kony is wrongheaded. What could have been an opportunity to show its strength has instead called the AU’s credibility into question. The mission does not address root causes, and the AU has allowed some actors to exploit the situation for their own gain.

July 11, 2012 | What Comes Next? Lubanga and the Case for Reparations

Jesse Schwartz: The conviction of Thomas Lubanga by the International Criminal Court (ICC) represents a landmark moment in both the evolution of international criminal law as well as a clarion call to those standing accused of crimes against humanity: your day will come. …More

June 20, 2012 | Shifting Strategy in the Horn of Africa

Nicholas Bishop: The reality of Somalia is defined by lack of government and economic development. In such a situation, it is difficult to find the right strategy. While the country is certainly a difficult problem, the West must take responsibility and engage Somalia. …More

May 3, 2012 | The Return of the 22-Year Civil War

Sudan has been at war with itself since gaining independence. ++ The positive impacts of Southern Sudan post-secession, when the region’s voters supported a split in an internationally backed referendum last year, have been slow to mature. …More

April 26, 2012 | The Need for a Credible Vote

The highly anticipated Egyptian presidential election is just around the corner. ++ Although not without its problem, the parliamentary elections in February have been viewed by most Egyptians as legitimate. ++ The bar must be set much higher for …More

April 25, 2012 | The EU's Misguided Move to Fight Pirates Onshore

James M Bridger: Somalian piracy requires more than a military-centric strategy. While the European Union’s shift in counter-piracy strategy is a somewhat welcoming development, the new policy runs the risk of civilian casualties and entanglement in the area due to mission creep. …More

March 23, 2012 | Turkish Delight? The Feasibility of the "Turkish Model" for Egypt

While comparisons and arguments for why the Turkish Model is relevant to burgeoning MENA countries now undergoing transition abound, the infeasibilities of “selling” this model have been less explored. This …More

March 18, 2012 | Four Misinterpretations and Ten Recommendations After The Arab Spring

Gautier Uchiyama: About one year after the Arab Spring, North Africa is living its first steps toward democracy and the rule of law. But there is fourth common misinterpretation or misconception about the last spring riots that must be corrected.

March 18, 2012 | Mediterranean Dialogue, Critical Test: A NATO DDR-SSR Framework for Libya

Costinel Anuta: Even though the title seems paradoxical, since Libya is not (yet) a member of the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), a successful aftermath of the Operation Unified Protector is the key for the MD future. Failure in Libya would hurt NATO“s agenda in the entire region. …More

March 1, 2012 | New Socio-Political Actors in North Africa: A Transatlantic Perspective

The chapters in this report analyze a number of features of each of the three socio-political actors in North Africa: the civil society, economic actors, and Islamist parties. It looks at their role in …More

March 1, 2012 | Europe and the Arab Revolutions: A New Vision for Democracy and Human Rights

The Arab revolutions present the EU with a distinct challenge: still embarrassed by their support for the stability offered by the former authoritarian leaders, it now aims at supporting the …More

February 16, 2012 | Responsibility to Protect: Far From a Neo-colonial Project

Amal Varghese: This paper will oppose the arguments put forward by Mahmood Mamdani and others that the “Responsibility to Protect” is a western project forced upon Africans. On the contrary, this paper will demonstrate that the principles of RtoP and international justice are at the heart of Africa’s vision. …More

January 24, 2012 | Operation Atalanta: A Rational Choice Approach

Ravi Sodha: This paper will analyse why Operation Atalanta is still operational in its current form when opinion seems to argue against it. It answers this question with a set of empirical data viewed through the lenses of the rational choice approach, the institutional explanation, and constructivism. …More

January 24, 2012 | Stopping Genocide in Sudan

South Africa must resume its role as a mediator in Sudan. ++ Accelerating violence and the military seizure of Abyei by the Khartoum regime signal that war has restarted. ++ It is scandalous that three leading officials indicted for genocide, …More

January 24, 2012 | "Softer" Touch Needed to Battle al-Qaeda Offshoot

James M Bridger: Western states have recently increased support for the regional governments fighting al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. However, a more coordinated “soft power” approach is required to address this security threat tactfully and effectively. …More

November 7, 2011 | Act Now to Forestall West African Piracy

James M Bridger: While piracy near the Horn of Africa remains a major problem, the UN Security Council has called on the international community to pay greater attention to pirates on the Western coast of the continent. This focus must translate into effective action before the West Africa situation devolves into another Somalia. …More

September 8, 2011 | The EU's Policy Response to China's Resource Diplomacy in Africa

Anna Katharina Stahl: Due to its growing demand for raw materials, China is actively seeking to extract African natural resources. Instead of being perceived as rivals in the region, both China and the EU should seek to increase cooperation for their mutual benefit. …More

August 9, 2011 | Ending Hunger Now This Article contains Flash-Video

Josette Sheeran: We can, in our lifetime, win the battle against hunger because we now have the science, technology, know-how, and the logistics to be able to meet hunger where it comes. Those pictures of children with swollen bellies will be a thing of history. …More

August 2, 2011 | Somalia: Beyond the Famine

J. Peter Pham: Confronted with the specter of mass starvation, the top priority should be the provision of emergency relief. However, it is also incumbent upon American and European policymakers to be cognizant of the political context of the crisis as well as its broader geostrategic implications.

July 21, 2011 | Amid Famine, Somalia Requires Immediate Help

More than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are “in urgent need of food, water and emergency health care” as the UN declared a famine in southern Somalia. ++ Previous warnings by the UN about a drought and …More

July 12, 2011 | Can South Sudan Survive in a Tough Neighborhood?

Mark Furness: South Sudan celebrated its independence Saturday, but the world’s newest state now faces massive poverty and underdevelopment. The international community must act immediately before the fledgling country becomes the latest to crash onto the list of failed states. …More

July 8, 2011 | New Nation Laden with Old Conflicts

South Sudan will celebrate its independence as the world’s newest nation Saturday. ++ But after the confetti drops, it will immediately become one of its most underdeveloped countries. A fifty-year civil war with the north has killed …More

May 20, 2011 | Stop Dumping Toxic Waste to Defeat Somali Piracy

Aiko Shimizu: International efforts to fight piracy off the Coast of Somalia have focused on international patrol and Somali state building. The international community must address the problems of foreign toxic waste dumping and illegal fishing to eliminate piracy altogether. …More

March 4, 2011 | A Choice Between Reform and Stability

Sarah Redohl: In the wake of uprisings in North Africa, NATO may be forced to make a choice between much-needed reform or stable dictatorships. With a hefty aim to be the world guarantor of security by 2020, NATO will need to reconsider its newest partnerships, beyond the interest of its allies, and start guaranteeing actual security. …More

February 14, 2011 | The EU as an International Actor: Operation Atalanta

Laurence McGivern: Operation Atalanta is the name given to the current EU military operation around the Horn of Africa, dealing with the Somali crisis. This paper analyzes the change in global perceptions of the military power of the EU by assessing the mission’s impact. …More

January 17, 2011 | Independent South Sudan: A Long, Hard Road

Mark Furness: In their excited anticipation of the imminent birth of Africa’s newest country, the international community must not underestimate the massive challenges of nation-building in South Sudan. Infrastructure and education need serious investment while the role of Khartoum cannot be ignored. …More

August 23, 2010 | Chancellor Merkel's Representative Weighs in

Editorial Team: The Chancellor’s advisor on Africa Guenter Nooke has responded to the policy recommendations generated by Atlantic Community members for Atlantic Memo 24: Better Aid. In particular, Nooke is enthusiastic about the idea of an online index of aid effectiveness. …More

August 9, 2010 | The EU and China in Africa: The Case of Kenya

Daniel Fiott: The West is troubled by Chinese business activities on the African continent, perceiving Chinese firms as satellites of the central state.This paper uses the case study of Kenya to compare the economic and developmental activities of the EU and China in order to address some common misperceptions. …More

July 14, 2010 | Africa: Fighting Corruption with Mobile Phones

Once the plaything of the yuppie generation, mobile phones are conquering Africa: Today, nearly 60 percent of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa have access to the technology. The period 2002 through 2007 witnessed a yearly …More

July 14, 2010 | African Union Needs a Permanent Seat at the G-20

Africa should no
longer be regarded through the narrow lens of humanitarian aid. For the sake of
economic interests, the developed world’s public would do well to discard these
images that have long outlived their …More

June 25, 2010 | Morocco: Press under Pressure

A government campaign against journalists in Morocco provides ominous signs of rising autocratic sentiment among the country’s elite. ++ Journalists fear that the government is “attracted by the Tunesian model” of curtailing press freedom. …More

June 15, 2010 | World Cup: Hope for South Africa

Jordan Brown: If South Africa manages to host a smooth World Cup, the ripple effects could be very positive for South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. A positive portrayal of South Africa in the world media would help attract tourists and foreign investment. South African prosperity would boost economic development in the region. …More

May 10, 2010 | Join the Debate!

Editorial Team: As we prepare our upcoming Atlantic Memo, we would like to encourage all readers to make suggestions on improving aid effectiveness to Sub-Saharan Africa. Please respond to the highlighted questions in the draft memo. We highly appreciate your concrete policy recommendations, which will be distributed to policy makers. …More

April 23, 2010 | Towards Sustainable Security in the Maghreb Region

Jean-Thomas Lesueur: While undergoing important transformations, North Africa constitutes a major challenge for the European Union. Bound by geography and history, the two shores of the Mediterranean (including the European Union, North Africa, and up to Sahel and the Sub-Saharan Region), must cooperate in order to consolidate and expand their partnership, especially as globalization reinforces the logic of regional integration. …More

April 22, 2010 | Obama Should Never Placate a Dictator

Despite pledging to pressure Sudan during his campaign, Obama has failed to take action to combat crimes against humanity committed by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. ++ Moreover, he sent a special envoy who approved of a corrupt election …More

March 31, 2010 | Need for a New Way to Track African GDP

Africa is often viewed as a hopeless continent that is unable to develop. ++ A recent MIT report proves these assumptions wrong: both the difficulty to collect information and the importance of the underground economy …More

March 12, 2010 | A Renewed Commitment to the MDGs

Much progress has been made in the last decade in the area of international development, yet right now the developed world needs to re-affirm and strengthen its commitment to the Millenium Development Goals. ++ With enough effort, millions of …More

March 8, 2010 | The World Should Not Give Up on Somalia

Somalia is typically associated with war, displacement, terrorism, and piracy, but the country is not the failed state it’s portrayed as. ++ “Somalis are resilient and committed to peace, and sickened by the nihilistic violence of …More

February 24, 2010 | Post Apartheid South Africa Turns 20

For its 20th birthday, post-apartheid South Africa has little to celebrate. ++ SA is doing better than anticipated, but expectations were very low. ++ The country has some of the highest murder and AIDS rates in the world as well as one of …More

February 18, 2010 | Avoiding Another Disaster in Sudan

Enver Ferhatović: As Sudan prepares for general elections this year and a secession referendum next year, the international community needs to help form a plan to avoid post-election violence. Sudan will over the next couple of years remain one of the major test-cases of the effectiveness of an EU common foreign and security policy. …More

January 27, 2010 | Southern and Northern Sudan Likely to Divorce in 2011

Southern Sudan is projected to vote for secession from the North in 2011 elections to be held under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). ++ This “failed marriage” of the North and South is unlikely to have …More

December 8, 2009 | When Climate Change Takes Over

Although climate activists have been successful at attracting the world’s attention to the receding ice on Mount Kilimanjaro, with an influx of tourists as a direct result, they fail to bring attention to the people of Tanzania. ++ Although …More

October 21, 2009 | Obama Should Engage Sudan Carefully

Washington is set to “replace a punishment-heavy approach with one that is more balanced” toward Sudan. ++ President Obama has cited fears of a new terrorist safe haven as the reason for offering talks with President Omar Hassan …More

October 6, 2009 | Facts on Africa Needed

The launch of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2009 highlights the continued lack of comprehensive data with which to assess the continent. ++ Poverty data for large parts of Saharan Africa is non-existent or inadequate and consequently important …More

September 7, 2009 | A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Ivan Kalburov: For the last 40 years Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi has been tantalizing the world. Although he appears to have changed his ways in the past decade, he uses the same old despotic tricks, only dressing as a sheep when necessary. This has been most obvious in the way foreign prisoners have been treated. …More

August 26, 2009 | Hillaryland Under an African Sun

Hillary Clinton’s recent trip to Africa is a huge signal to the continent that it is a priority for US foreign policy. ++ The US Secretary of State has redefined Washington’s diplomacy given the verve with which she has approached …More

August 14, 2009 | Why Does the US Play Risky in Africa?

The “moral capital” of the US remains high in Africa and yet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did little more than berate African leaders. ++ This visit was supposed to demonstrate the US aim to increase bilateral …More

July 20, 2009 | The World Cannot Keep Ignoring Somalia

The world cannot ignore the renewed violence in Somalia, which is not a classic civil war but an external attempt to overthrow a legitimate, recognized government. ++ “While the world focuses elsewhere, groups of foreign extremists are …More

June 30, 2009 | Africa is a Role Model for Climate Catastrophes

In the face of uncertainty as to when the impacts of climate change will begin to hit harder, developed societies must improve their ability to adapt to the crisis. ++ Poor southern countries are expected to be the first struck, …More

June 18, 2009 | Can Zimbabwean Dictator be Used for Peace Process?

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is holding fast to a power-sharing agreement with tyrant president Robert Mugabe, despite such an arrangement having little history of success. ++ He “calculates that Mugabe is part …More

June 13, 2009 | Climatic Factors Are Making Poverty Worse for Poor Countries

Nikolina-Romana Milunovic: One reason why many least developed countries are locked in poverty is climate. Combined with other factors, climatic factors are resulting in a dramatic global injustice which is presently being ignored. …More

June 12, 2009 | Africa Needs a Bold Leadership to Deal with Crises

The economic crisis affects Africa disproportionably - with climate change - it imperils hard-won progress. ++ Bold, focused leadership is the solution. ++ Africa’s leaders need to work with local farmers and international …More

June 1, 2009 | Aid Should be Spent on Creating EU of Africa

In order to achieve the best returns for donor taxpayers and aid recipients, African aid should focus on infrastructure, regional integration, education and health. ++ Regional integration would help African countries compete in the …More

May 13, 2009 | Somalia: Prosecuting Pirates and Ensuring a Viable Economy

Memo 16: Combating piracy requires judicial and technical avenues to manage the situation. Conducting effective prosecutions will deter further acts of piracy and regional partnerships with the African Union and Arab League can bring stability and economic development to Somalia. …More

May 6, 2009 | Stability in North Africa: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

the countries on the Horn or in Central Africa, countries in North
Africa radiate stability. The rate of economic growth is on
average 5-6%. Abounding energy supplies and cooperation in the war on terror
have …More

May 5, 2009 | Land Ahoy! Fight Piracy on Somali Coastline

Juliette Dixon: The international military deployment in the Aden Gulf reveals a shortsighted strategy. Piracy is better addressed on land than on sea. This can be achieved with a coordinated international effort building on the support of regional partners. …More

April 28, 2009 | Piracy Requires a Concerted International Response

Abukar Arman: Make no mistake: proliferation of piracy off the Somali coast is a serious problem — not only for the international community but for Somalia, and especially, the current Islamist-led government of national unity. After all, Islamic law has zero tolerance for banditry, whether sea-based or land-based …More

April 21, 2009 | Darfur: Policy Recommendations for the United States

Nadia Claudine Boegli: The question underlying this report is how should the United States deal with Darfur? In order to answer such a normative question it is necessary to have a closer look at the obstacles that the United States must handle when deciding on a policy concerning Darfur. …More

April 20, 2009 | South Africa Needs Viable Opposition

As South Africa prepares to go to the polls this week, it is clear if the country is going to turn into a mature, liberal democracy, it needs a strong opposition rooted in the nation’s black majority. ++ Although still small, new opposition …More

April 16, 2009 | Africa Calls for More Than Just Police Action

The recent Somali pirates success of holding a US captain hostage reinforces the strategic importance of Africa and the need to recognize and constructively approach the volatility of the region. ++ The US must engage regional …More

April 10, 2009 | Help Africa to Continue Its Development

The economic crisis threatens to undo the progress made across Africa. ++ It has been achieved as a result of stronger leadership, more accountable governments and effective development aid. ++ Funds from the IMF and World Bank are still …More

March 31, 2009 | Still Not Ideal But Better Than Before

Despite Mugabe still being in power after losing the election last year, there are some reformers holding ministerial offices. ++ It is vital that the US and Europe provide aid to such reform figures while at the same time keeping in …More

March 24, 2009 | Stubborn Authoritarianism: Lessons for Central Asia

Rob Steer: There is an assumption that liberal democracy is the result of all political systems, despite detours they have taken along the way. However, the creation of regime types do not necessarily follow a simple trajectory …More

March 20, 2009 | The Pope Causes Controversy with Latest Comments

Half of the world has condemned the Pope’s words on his African trip stating that condoms not only fail to resolve the AIDS problem but aggravate it. ++ This goes beyond the classical position of the church. ++ By proclaiming …More

March 6, 2009 | Stop "Show Justice" in Sudan

Mr. Bashir should undoubtedly be arrested. ++ As the President of Sudan, he cannot ignore the atrocities being committed in Darfur. ++ Whether the arrest warrant issued by the ICC will have a real impact on stopping the hostilities is another …More

March 3, 2009 | US - Africa Relations: Agenda 2009

Obama fever has also not escaped Africa.
The African population has been greatly anticipating the new US administration. However the
challenges are big: armed conflict, humanitarian crises, escalating food
prices, enormous problems in the …More

January 30, 2009 | Somali Pirates and Rising Naval Powers

Last year
125 vessels were attacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of
Aden, one third of which were successfully boarded. Among them was
a hijacked Saudi super tanker laden with oil and a Ukrainian ship carrying 33
Russian armoured …More

January 28, 2009 | "Obama the Imperialist"

Barack Obama is revealing himself to be a foreign policy hawk. ++ After just one week, his stance on Sudan, Pakistan and Gaza shows bellicosity. ++ To pursue such a stance, he will need the support of the pro-war left, “voracious …More

January 22, 2009 | "Middle Powers" Must Make Mugabe Go

The EU and US are engaging in robust diplomacy to isolate Mugabe and alleviate the horrific humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. ++ Australian PM Kevin Rudd, on the other hand, has failed to honor his country’s strong record in …More

January 9, 2009 | Colonialism Reloaded: China Is Conquering Namibia

Christiane Doerner: China has arrived in Namibia and with it a new form of colonialism has unfolded. Its effect on Namibia’s domestic industry as well as its employment rate is discernibly negative. …More

January 8, 2009 | Zimbabwe, a Country Murdered by Its Leader

Cholera re-entered the stage in Zimbabwe in August, since killing 1600 people and sickening 33 000. ++ Alarming is the fact that this is only one of the country’s long list of flaws; every sector of civil society is near to …More

December 16, 2008 | EU Must Intervene to Stop Mass Rapes in DR Congo

Last week Ban Ki-Moon asked European leaders to intervene in DR Congo, admitting the failure of the peacekeeping mission. ++ The collapse of the Congolese army has led to mass killings and rapes. ++ The EU must take action in …More

December 16, 2008 | What Strategy to Tackle Somali Piracy? Vote Here

Editorial Team: The escalation of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia has brought about widespread discussion as to how to deal with this increasingly prevalent problem. We are inviting you to tell us what you think is the most viable way forward through our interactive poll.


December 4, 2008 | A New Strategy to Fight Piracy

A new strategy to tackle Somali piracy has become imperative. ++ A blockade with patrolling naval ships at each major port has the best hope of counteracting the pirates’ wealth and anonymity ++ Customary international law can be exercised to …More

November 24, 2008 | Human Rights Watch Praises Bush on Darfur Stance

Despite opposition to the ICC, President Bush is backing its prosecution of President Omar al-Bashir for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in Darfur. ++ Sudan is trying to both charm and blackmail members of the …More

November 21, 2008 | Pirates of the Arabian - Sort of

Pirates – that ancient breed of scoundrel, romanticized and glorified, yet wretched and rotten – have made a name for themselves off Somali coasts. ++ Many, it turns out, are simply trying to make a living for themselves. ++ While …More

November 17, 2008 | The Security Council's Congo Shame

Congo’s civil war has rendered the eastern region of the nation a “humanitarian catastrophe.” ++ Over 250,000 people are displaced in a conflict that finds its roots in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. ++ Of the 17,000 UN …More

November 13, 2008 | The Legacy of Rwanda

The situation in Eastern Congo is becoming untenable; without the assistance of the 3,000 more peacekeepers being called for by United Nations officials, the situation will become even more desperate. ++ The 17,000 international peacekeepers already in …More

November 4, 2008 | Stopping Genocide in Congo

Tens of thousands of Congonese civilians have fled their homes, finding themselves surrounded by Rwandan-backed rebels. ++ The financial crisis seems to be distracting global leaders from the genocide that is taking place in Congo. ++ Since Rwanda …More

October 16, 2008 | Mugabe Must Share Power

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is bucking the power-sharing deal with Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader. ++ Mugabe wants to fill the security ministries with his loyalists, including those controlling the army and police. ++ Tsvangirai has …More

October 13, 2008 | American-Chinese Scramble for Africa

China’s demand for raw materials and new markets boosts its appetite for economic and military involvement in Africa. ++ The African continent is increasingly serving as a proxy battleground for Beijing and Washington. ++ China exports …More

September 18, 2008 | A Deal for Zimbabwe, but Not Ideal

The new political agreement in Zimbabwe is a boon to President Robert Mugabe; he will retain the presidency, command the armed forces, and head the cabinet. ++ His opponent – and victor in the March elections – Morgan Tsvangirai, …More

September 17, 2008 | Zimbabwe's Agreement Signals Economic Work Ahead

The signing of the power-sharing agreement marks the start of a new era in Zimbabwe. ++ The nation can finally start reconstruction. ++ The agreement is “an affirmation of the supremacy of African solutions to African …More

September 4, 2008 | Aid to Africa: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Many countries in Africa suffer from a stifling dependence on foreign aid and actually receive more money in aid than they do collecting taxes. ++ This imbalance is detrimental to the citizens as the government is more concerned with …More

August 1, 2008 | Is International Justice the Enemy of Peace?

The key reproach that critics raise against international courts is that “in their effort to do justice, they are obstructing achievement of a more important goal, peace. ” ++ These complaints are expressed especially when heads of …More

July 31, 2008 | Bashir's Prosecution Will Not Ruin the Chances for Peace in Darfur

Ariela Blätter: Many fear that the International Criminal Court’s charges against the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir will have “disastrous consequences” for the peace process in Darfur. This, however, could only be true if there was evidence of a real and substantive peace process in the first place. …More

July 23, 2008 | We Are Failing Zimbabwe

Mugabe’s bloody rule will continue for another term unless Russia, China, and South Africa help impose tougher sanctions and an arms embargo on Zimbabwe. ++ Moscow and Beijing’s vetoes against tougher measures in the Security Coucil are to …More

July 21, 2008 | The EU's Africa Policy After the Lisbon Summit

Marco Overhaus: The second EU-Africa summit in 2007 in Lisbon endorsed a “Strategic Partnership.” This perspective challenges both actors: the EU to pursue a coherent policy and Africa to develop long-term self-interests and institutions to implement them. …More

July 16, 2008 | Meaningless Indictment of the Sudanese President

The International Criminal Court’s resolution to seek an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar Bashir was hailed as a step towards stopping the bloodshed in Darfur. ++ In fact, this decision will not change anything …More

July 16, 2008 | Somali Peace Requires Constructive International Engagement

Abukar Arman: Lasting peace in Somalia requires a holistic approach and constructive engagement on behalf of the international community. The peace accord needs to be adapted to recognize that the precondition “cessation of violence” cannot be fulfilled before Ethiopian occupation troops have left. …More

July 9, 2008 | Financial Aid is Not the Answer to Africa's Problems

Financial aid will not solve the problem of food security in Africa. ++ Western succor is the main source of revenue for corrupt sub-Saharan African governments. ++ An effective way to help the Africans is to remove the …More

July 7, 2008 | Zimbabwe is Afloat Because of China

The annual inflation rate in Zimbabwe has reached 9 million percent. ++ The only reason why the country is still afloat are huge Chinese investments. ++ Zimbabwean critics contend that Beijing will continue to support Harare unconditionally, …More

July 3, 2008 | "Sanctions Are a Coward's War"

Since the first use of sanctions against Italy in 1935, suspending trade with corrupt regimes has proven to make the poor poorer and the evil richer. ++ Even with supposed success, sanctions were either accompanied by other internal problems …More

July 3, 2008 | The Rise of Private Equity in Africa

Though Africa still accounts for only a fraction of the global private equity market, the spread of stable democracy and rapid economic evolution make it increasingly attractive for US and European investors. ++ Private capital flow into …More

June 27, 2008 | Zimbabwe's Opposition Had No Choice

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader was right to withdraw from the runoff presidential “election”. ++ Thousands of his supporters have been kidnapped and tortured, thousands more would probably have suffered, and it would all have been for …More

June 25, 2008 | Zimbabwe is Not Just Another African Tragedy

Something can still be done to save the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe. ++ For this, the US, the UK, and the EU need to cut Mugabe’s access to foreign financial goods and services, and the African Union and Zimbabwe’s …More

June 17, 2008 | Sudan Flouts its International Obligations

If the international community remains inactive regarding Sudan, its outrage could end up being regarded as hollow. ++ With the help of the International Criminal Court, France, Britain, and the US should pursue a strategy for …More

June 2, 2008 | An African Future for the Private Military

While the private military industry has benefited enormously from contracting opportunities in Iraq, these opportunities will at some point draw to a close and the industry will need new contracts. ++ Firms will likely return to Africa …More

May 16, 2008 | The Return of the Rwanda conflict

Brought up by their fathers - the men responsible for the mass killings back in Rwanda - or by extremist Hutu rebels, the second generation of Hutu child soldiers has grown up.++ They are imbued with the same mind-altering ideology of …More

May 16, 2008 | UN Intervention in Darfur is Imperative

Next month the US will assume the presidency of the UN Security Council. ++ In hopes of preserving its currently vulnerable legacy as an architect of peace, the US plans to move forward in deploying peacekeeping troops to the Darfur …More

May 8, 2008 | Freedom and Democracy No Longer on the March

With high oil prices allowing authoritarian regimes to consolidate power, and US influence and moral authority in decline, the global trend towards democratization appears to be reversing. ++ This is particularly apparent in …More

May 7, 2008 | Pan-Africanism is the Voice of African Sovereignty

African leaders are less reluctant to grant China access to their markets and resources because its aid is not conditional on good governance, democracy, or human rights. ++ The West and the UN’s attempts to tackle …More

April 25, 2008 | UN Calls for Mobilization Against a "Relentless Killer"

Means to end malaria – a preventable and treatable disease – are today’s focus for the international community on the first ever World Malaria Day. ++ Malaria kills over a million people a year, costs …More

April 14, 2008 | Africa's Fragile Triumph Over Global Financial Turmoil

The rise of American philanthropy and foreign investment, as well as the need for raw materials are protecting Africa’s frontier economies from international economic volatility. ++ Yet a slowdown in the US and EU could …More

March 7, 2008 | The Ravages of World Bank Aid in Kenya

World Bank lending to Kenya has more than doubled since 2005, yet ever more funds seem to be diverted from the activities’ objectives. ++ The Bank and its country director in Nairobi are contributing to a culture of corruption of which …More

February 14, 2008 | Time to Renew EU Trade Agreements with Africa

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states have enjoyed a privileged access to the European market and benefited from Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU since the 1960s. However, these trade agreements …More

December 19, 2007 | EU-Africa Summit is a Failure

At the recent EU-Africa two day summit in Lisbon, the EU not only failed in securing formal trade agreements with Africa but also in combating China’s growing influence in Africa according to Andrew Grice of the Independent.

Only 15 of the …More

December 14, 2007 | EU-Africa Summit: Trade Disagreements Hinder Better Partnership

Ana Santana: The EU’s positive spin on the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership signed at the Lisbon summit should not disguise the fallout over the trade disagreements. …More

December 12, 2007 | The US Trails Behind on Humanitarian Aid

A new rating of 22 developed countries (and the EC) puts the United States at 16th on Humanitarian Aid. The new Humanitarian Response Index (HRI), carried out by a Spain-based NGO called DARA, focuses less on total funding and more on …More

August 14, 2007 | How US Investors Could Stop The Darfur Genocide

Mia Farrow and Jody Williams provide possible explanations in Opinion Journal for the ongoing violence in Darfur. According to Ms. Farrow and Ms. Williams, one of the primary reasons is the investment of US-based investment …More

August 6, 2007 | Amnesty Prevents Darfur Violence When Governments Can't

Ariela Blätter: I chide the transatlantic partners for their continuing failure to stop the attacks in Sudan. The Eyes On Darfur initiative uses commercial innovation to achieve what governments have not, preventing further bloodshed by broadcasting satellite images of the most vulnerable areas. …More

July 26, 2007 | The Economist: Progress Towards UN Millennium Development Goals Varies Widely

The UN has declared July 2007 the halfway point towards its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000 and scheduled to be achieved in 2015. The Economist magazine takes a close look …More

July 6, 2007 | Connors and Blumenthal Report on How Solar Flashlights Light the Way in Africa

Mark Bent, a former foreign service officer and Texas oilman, joined forces with international organisations, NGOs and corporate benefactors to develop and distribute over 30,000 solar-powered …More

July 4, 2007 | Are They For Real? - Chinese Troop Deployment to Darfur

Edward Cody of the Washington Post comments on Chinese plans to deploy military engineering troops in Darfur. As part of the UN peacekeeping mission, this is mainly seen as a measure of goodwill towards the EU and USA, …More

June 20, 2007 | Where Our Interests Lie: Vying for West Africa's Oil

International disputes over West African oil — which represents about 10% of the world’s reserves — have been intensified by its easy accessibility, reports Stephanie Hanson of the Council of Foreign Relations. …More

June 20, 2007 | Portugal Plans Africa Focus During EU Presidency

Ana Gomes: I detail the Portuguese agenda for EU external relations over the next six months. While the Constitution will be an obvious priority, the flagship event for the presidency will be the EU-Africa Summit in December 2007. Portugal wants to strengthen the transatlantic alliance and organize the inaugural EU summit with Brazil. Renewed emphasis on the Euromed process and European Neighbourhood Policy is also planned. …More

June 18, 2007 | CFR Debates US Policy Options in Post-Conflict Somalia

In May 2007, the Council of Foreign Relations featured an online debate on America’s role in Somalia. The discussion was lead by moderators Terrence Lyons, associate professor at the Institute for conflict Analysis …More

June 8, 2007 | Africom - A New Era in America's Africa Policy

By autumn 2007, US Africa Command (Africom) headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany should be ready for initial operations, reports the International Herald Tribune. Africom is an administrative body that will coordinate US …More

May 22, 2007 | Congo: Grassroots Groups Are Key Partners

Guenther von Billerbeck: I advise that civil society organizations, and not just the new DRC government, may be the best partners to bring stability and peace to the Congo. The international community, particularly the UN, EU, and bilateral partners of the Congolese government, should partner with non-governmental actors to turn the country toward sustainable democracy and prosperity. …More

May 18, 2007 | ISN Looks At Nigeria After the Elections

Although elections for the Senate and the President were held in April, Nigeria’s (democratic) future remains uncertain, writes Dulue Mbachu of ISN Security Watch. According to the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), the first vote …More

May 15, 2007 | Drima of Sudan: No UN Troops in Darfur Without Consensus

In this letter Drima, a young blogger, voices concern about the calls for immediate UN intervention in Darfur by The Save Darfur Coaltition, 2007 . Although Drima, an …More

May 3, 2007 | Darfur: Conflict History and Options for Resolution

Maximilian Müngersdorff: The Darfur conflict continues to pose enormous challenges for the international community. …More

May 3, 2007 | Darfur: Germans Should Get Involved

Daniel Fallenstein: Germans should learn from the strong American reaction to the Sudan genocide. The black-and-white US worldview is the only one that matters in such a clear-cut case of good vs. evil. …More

April 25, 2007 | Andrew C. Revkin on the "loser-regions" of Climate Change

The world’s richest countries and greatest contributors to global warming are investing billions of dollars to limit the worst consequences, reports journalist Andrew C. Revkin. These same countries are …More

April 20, 2007 | Daniel Allot on Western Impotence in Darfur

Efforts to solve the Darfur conflict continually follow the same fruitless pattern, writes Daniel Allot of The Weekly Standard:

  1. The West pressures the Sudanese government to stop violations, while threatening sanctions.
    # …More
April 2, 2007 | Crisis Group Calls For Continued Engagement After Congo Elections

After the first democratic elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in forty years, International Crisis Group writes that it is now up to President Kabila and the international community to lead …More


You are in the archive of all articles published on from 2007 to 2012. To read the latest articles from our open think tank and network with community members, please go to our new website