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October 29, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
Why Cobalt Mining in the DRC Needs Urgent Attention

Cobalt is an essential mineral used for batteries in electric cars, computers, and cell phones. Demand for cobalt is increasing as more electric cars are sold, particularly in Europe.

An artisanal miner carries raw ore at Tilwizembe, a former industrial copper-cobalt mine, outside of Kolwezi, the capital city of Lualaba Province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 11, 2016

October 1, 2020

Niger
How to Build Better Militaries in Africa: Lessons from Niger

Niger is a key partner of the U.S. in West Africa. The United States provides a range of assistance to Niger, but the country stands out because strategic-level reforms have been taken seriously by both the United States and the partner country. 

Nigerien soldier, wearing fatigues, sunglasses, a brown hat, and with a gun resting on his shoulder, stands guard.

September 9, 2020

Namibia
Remembering Dirk Mudge, Pioneer of Multiracial Democracy in Namibia

Dirk Mudge, who died of COVID-19, certainly deserves recognition for his commitment to bringing democracy and majority rule to Namibia.

Small plastic flags of Namibia (a red stripe through blue and green corners, with a small yellow sun in the upper left blue corner) wave in a crowd.

September 14, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Gender Advisors Key to Effective Policy

The proposed revisions to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy have received a lot of attention since being released for public comment…

Afghan women at polling station

October 26, 2020

Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?

Nigeria’s governance system is oppressive, though it lacks an evocative name like apartheid. The tragic episodes of brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while dismaying, are not new occurrences.

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS and #EndSWAT.

September 21, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Ending Gender-Based Violence is Key to Economic Recovery

Cases of gender-based violence have been rising since the outbreak of COVID-19, and businesses have a moral duty—and a financial responsibility—to act.

Activist, domestic violence, Italy.

September 19, 2016

New Zealand
A Conversation With John Key

John Key outlines the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and discuss its effects on the regional economies in the Asia-Pacific.

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September 16, 2020

Coronavirus
Beating COVID-19 in Africa Begins With National Labs

Although testing efforts have detected over 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 across Africa, experts agree that limited testing capacity has masked the full extent of disease spread and hampered control efforts.

A health worker, dressed in white personal protective equipment (PPE), holds up a coronavirus testing kit. The front says "biohazard, peligroso."

October 22, 2020

Tanzania
Magufuli is Transforming Tanzania's Ruling Party From a “Benign Hegemon” Into a Malevolent One

​On October 28th, Tanzania will choose a president and members of the country’s National Assembly. This year, few observers expect a fair vote, given incumbent President John Magufuli and his government’s weaponization of the law.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli walks down a red carpet while observing a guard of honor in Nairobi, Kenya. The soldiers are wearing dark blue uniforms; some soldiers are holding swords raised.

October 30, 2020

Nigeria
Northwest Nigeria Potential Jihadi Linchpin in West Africa

Up to now, radical jihadi activity in West Africa has been centered in Mali—with spillover to adjacent parts of Burkina Faso and Niger—and the Lake Chad Basin. The two locales are now increasingly br…

A crowd gathers in front of the Sultan Palace Hall Sokoto in Sokoto, Nigeria. Several cars can be seen.