Africa (sub-Saharan)

Council Special Report No. 70

U.S. Policy to Counter Nigeria's Boko Haram

Author: John Campbell

John Campbell, Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.

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I’m Back From Liberia and Under a (Self-Imposed) Quarantine in Brooklyn

Author: Laurie Garrett

Going from Monrovia, Liberia to Belgium to New York meant enduring power outages, fever checks, Ebola questionnaires, and the hallway from hell. But the hysteria that dominated America's view of Ebola and the open disdain for travelers from the hard-hit region that was the norm in the United States in late October have yielded to what seems a very rational, smart way of keeping track of returnees

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Primary Sources

Proclamation of the International Decade for People of African Descent

The UN published this document on December 23, 2013, and a program of activities followed on November 18, 2014. The International Decade for People of African Descent began January 1, 2015 and ends on December 31, 2024, with the theme "People of African descent: recognition, justice and development." This program builds on the work of the World Conference against Racism and builds upon the UN's other initiatives to acknowledge victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

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Responding to the Ebola Crisis

Speaker: Michael T. Osterholm

Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, discusses the Ebola crisis and pandemic preparedness in light of the recent cases in the United States, as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call series.

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Combating Ebola: What Can Africa Learn From China?

Author: Yanzhong Huang
China-US Focus

Yanzhong Huang notes the limited public health infrastructure in certain West African countries that are currently battling the spread of Ebola, which is a similar phenomenon to that which occurred in China during the 2003 SARS outbreak. Dr. Huang stresses the importance of foreign aid, particularly Chinese funds, to slow the spread of Ebola but points out that dependence on foreign aid is ultimately an unsustainable public health strategy.

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