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.
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.
Africa remains both a challenge and opportunity for both China and the United States. China’s surge in trade and investment in Africa has left critical questions for U.S., African, and Chinese policies.
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.
China’s presence has brought great challenges and opportunities for Africa’s developing countries.
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.
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.
The Failed States Index offers an important barometer of governance and stability, and it succeeds in triggering an annual vigorous debate about places that usually get too little attention in the halls of power.