• More Clues on Trump and Africa

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    Trump Team’s Queries About Africa Point to Skepticism And Uncertainity

    President-elect Donald J. Trump’s views of Africa have, until now, been a mystery. But a series of questions from the Trump transition team to the State Department indicate an overall skepticism about the value of foreign aid, and even about American security interests, on the world’s second-largest continent.I find the piece by Helene Cooper , January 13 2017 in the New York Times quite revealing and extremely useful. A four-page list of Africa-related questions from the transition staff has been making the rounds at the State Department and Pentagon, alarming longtime Africa specialists who say the framing and the tone of the questions suggest an American retreat from development and humanitarian goals, while at the same time trying to push forward business opportunities across the continent.

    Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 07:26
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  • A Note on Trump and Africa

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    As far as Africa is concerned Donald J. Trump will likely encourage authoritarianism and discourage developmentalism.

    Read more at http://www.currentanalyst.com/blog/?p=292

     
    Last Updated on Saturday, 31 December 2016 10:59
 
  • Islamist Extremism in East Africa

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    The growing influence of Salafist groups and ideology in Africa is fast becoming the uppermost peace and security agenda at both academic and policy levels. The recurring theme of the currentanalyst has been that as much as there has been an internal fertile ground for radicalization, the ideological roots and financial backing of violent extremist groups lie outside the region. Given the external as well as internal drivers to radicalization and the rise of Salafist groups one would highlight the imperative of addressing the challenge at both levels.

    Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2016 09:50
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  • Yemen: The Dark Stalemate

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    New balance of military conflict is frustrating the Saudi-led coalition and makes their positions unsustainable. Militarily speaking Yemen is locked in a deadly stalemate. Currently, the anti-Houthi campaign is on pause. Politically the gap is extensive, between the Houthi and the Saudi –led government, to expect a breakthrough. Diplomatically, no amount of pressure is expected as the US election pushes everything to the realm of the uncertain. I mean any peace deal, possibly yes, but probably no.

    Last Updated on Thursday, 08 December 2016 14:03
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  • U.N. to Probe Whether Iconic Secretary-General Was Assassinated

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    Colum Lynch 

    Newly­ discovered documents revive claim that Dag Hammarskjold may have been killed by South African agents backed by the CIA. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki­-moon will propose reopening an inquiry into allegations that Dag Hammarskjold, one of the most revered secretaries-general in the organization’s history, was assassinated by an apartheid-era South African paramilitary organization that was backed by the CIA, British intelligence, and a Belgian mining company, according to several officials familiar with the case.

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