Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Book
    Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
    Sarah Chayes January 19, 2015 W. W. Norton & Company

    Corruption is a cause—not a result—of global instability.

  • Paper
    Governing Lagos: Unlocking the Politics of Reform
    Diane de Gramont January 12, 2015

    In fifteen years, Lagos has gone from being a symbol of urban disorder to a widely cited example of effective African governance.

  • Paper
    The Impact of Asian Investment on Africa’s Textile Industries
    Tang Xiaoyang August 28, 2014 中文

    Asian investors present both a challenge to and an opportunity for local industries, and southeast African countries need a clear vision and tailored policies to make the most of the opportunities.

  • Book
    Perilous Desert: Insecurity in the Sahara
    Frederic Wehrey, Anouar Boukhars April 17, 2013 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    The Sahara suffers from a perfect storm of weaknesses. Foreign assistance that relies exclusively on counterterrorism will only exacerbate the problems.

  • Paper
    The Paranoid Neighbor: Algeria and the Conflict in Mali

    As the crisis in Mali threatens to grow into a full-fledged regional security and humanitarian nightmare, nervous neighboring countries are looking to Algeria to lead a conflict management effort.

  • Paper
    Organized Crime and Conflict in the Sahel-Sahara Region
    Wolfram Lacher September 13, 2012 عربي

    State complicity with organized crime is at the heart of instability in the Sahel and Sahara region, fomenting conflict and fueling the rise of al-Qaeda.

  • Policy Outlook
    Whither Africa?
    Uri Dadush, Shimelse Ali March 3, 2011

    After stagnating for decades, economic growth in Africa has accelerated, but maintaining this rapid growth is far from guaranteed. Policy makers must build on past successes and tackle tough reforms before the world’s poorest continent can make sustained economic progress.

  • Report
    The Impact of the Doha Round on Kenya
    Eduardo Zepeda, Mohamed Chemingui, Hedi Bchir, Stephen Karingi, Christopher Onyango, Bernadette Wanjala November 4, 2009

    The ongoing Doha Round of trade negotiations could improve Kenya’s competitive position in processed food and agriculture, but long-term development requires the strengthening of other economic sectors.

  • Book
    Book Review: A Swamp Full of Dollars
    September 5, 2009 Financial Times

    Author Michael Peel offers a 360-degree look at Nigeria, a country he describes as a "brittle motor of 21st-century capitalism." As Peel documents, the root of Nigeria's troubles springs from the ground: oil.

  • Policy Outlook
    Africa's Big States: Toward a New Realism
    Marina Ottaway, Jeffrey Herbst, Greg Mills January 28, 2004

    Countries with a combination of a large land mass and a sizeable population tend to be chronically unstable politically and economically. Allowing their problems to fester, the case all too often in the past, is a source of continuing hardship to their citizens and neighbors alike. The international community needs to consider a new approach to the problems of these nations.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Sarah Chayes on Corruption
    Sarah Chayes February 25, 2015 Voice of America

    Day-to-day corruption is not only detrimental to a country’s economy, but can also make people angry and more sympathetic to violent extremism.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Sarah Chayes on Thieves Of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
    Sarah Chayes January 26, 2015 WAMC Northeast Public Radio

    Corruption acts as a thread tying recent frightening international security crises together.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Link Between Government Corruption and the Rise of Terrorist Groups
    Sarah Chayes June 12, 2014 WBEZ’s Worldview

    Government corruption is an important factor in the rise of violent extremism. Syria, Ukraine, and Nigeria are important contemporary examples.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Is $20 Billion in Missing Oil Wealth the Explanation for Extremist Group Boko Haram?
    Sarah Chayes March 13, 2014 Public Radio International

    In recent weeks, a Nigerian official went on record alleging that some $20 billion of his country’s oil revenue had gone missing in just the past 18 months.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Emerging Markets Unite!
    Uri Dadush March 29, 2013 Brian Lehrer Show

    A new initiative by the BRICS coalition of emerging countries, intended to establish a new development bank, will rival traditional development groups such as the IMF and World Bank and may shift the balance of power of the world's economy.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Power Outage
    Moisés Naím March 26, 2013 BBC World News America

    Power has become more fleeting and transient, with a number of different kinds of constraints limiting the abilities of those in power, whether countries, corporations, churches, or armies.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Islamists in the Sahel
    Anouar Boukhars January 17, 2013 WBEZ's Worldview

    The conflict in northern Mali cannot be solved by a military solution alone. Any effort to end the violence will have to utilize diplomatic and political components to address the grievances of the groups that have taken up arms.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Next World Bank President
    Uri Dadush April 16, 2012 BBC World News

    The new World Bank president, an American once again, was selected through a process that was far from competitive. However, the presence of two developing world candidates in this year's field may be a sign that the tide is turning.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The World Bank Head Hunt
    Uri Dadush April 5, 2012 CNN

    Over three dozen ex-World Bank officials have backed Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's bid for the World Bank's presidency. But does she stand a real chance of becoming the institution's first non-U.S. leader?

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Inside the World Bank
    Uri Dadush March 3, 2012 C-SPAN

    Over the past several decades, the World Bank has broadened its approach to growth and poverty reduction by moving beyond hard infrastructure initiatives to systemic reforms in education and health care and the development of social safety nets.


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