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May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

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January 23, 2019

Defense and Security
Climate Change Is a Threat to Military Security

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) …

Damage caused by Hurricane Michael is seen on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, U.S., October 16, 2018.

December 20, 2018

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2018

You aren’t alone if you’re feeling worn down as 2018 comes to a close. It’s been a trying year when it comes to the world scene. A seemingly unending parade of summits, crises, protests, and conflict…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

January 16, 2018

Egypt
Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.

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December 4, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Rhino Horn Moratorium

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Last week, South African High Court Judge Francis Legodi ruled against the Zuma a…

Rhino Horn Trade

April 13, 2018

China
China’s Strategy in Djibouti: Mixing Commercial and Military Interests

With the opening of the first overseas Chinese military base in Djibouti, this tiny Horn of Africa country has become a testing ground for the mixing of China's commercial and military interests abro…

Djiboutian workers stand at the opening of the Doraleh Multipurpose Port

April 28, 2016

South Africa
No Legal Rhino Horn Trade for South Africa

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. The South African government has announced that it will not petition the Conventi…

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June 5, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Polio is Back in the Horn of Africa

In April, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the new presence of wild polio virus type 1 (WPV1) in the Banadir region of Somalia. The initial victim was a thirty-two month old girl. By the …

A newly arrived Somali refugee child receives a polio drop at the Ifo extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, August 1, 2011.

July 26, 2011

International Organizations
Catastrophe in the Horn: Causes and Responses

Newly arrived Somali refugees sit in the open as they await medical examinations for their children at the Dadaab refugee camp, near the Kenya-Somalia border (STR New/ Courtesy Reuters). The area st…

Catastrophe in the Horn: Causes and Responses

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

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