The case of an Angolan journalist who faces criminal charges for exposing human rights abuses in his country will be an important test case for the EU’s human rights strategy.
Washington’s objective should remain the pursuit of a counterterrorism approach that enables the U.S. to manage and degrade jihadist groups without becoming captive to the threats they pose.
Despite ongoing global financial woes, China and countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) continue to provide significant amounts of aid to developing countries.
Foreign assistance from the West must move beyond a narrow counterterrorism focus and governments in the region need to cooperate and demonstrate the resolve to tackle the root causes of the chaos.
While the world’s attention was fixed on the momentous events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya after the outbreak of the Arab Awakening, the desert states to the south were undergoing their own transformations with major global implications.
Developmental change is an inherently political process and development aid must necessarily be politically informed and politically engaged to be successful.
The Sahara suffers from a perfect storm of weaknesses. Foreign assistance that relies exclusively on counterterrorism will only exacerbate the problems.
As China’s trade, economic, and popular links with Africa grow, public opinion will have important repercussions for China’s interactions with the continent.
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.
China continues to invest in the development of new ports all across the Indian Ocean littoral, including as far west as Africa.