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November 20, 2008

Trade
The African Growth and Opportunity Act

The African Growth and Opportunity Act has boosted U.S.-Africa trade and is viewed favorably by economists. But experts say African states must build trade capacity to benefit fully.

February 17, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
AGOA Post What is the African Growth and Opportunity Act?

This article was originally published on SSA Frontiers.  On May 18, 2000, Congress signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act, commonly known as AGOA, into law. AGOA is a trade program meant to e…

October 9, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
A worker at an export processing zone (EPZ) factory in Athi River, Kenya. AGOA: The U.S.-Africa Trade Program

AGOA is the cornerstone of the U.S.-Africa trade relationship, but declining support has called the program’s value into question.

August 28, 2015

Americas
Workers stand on top of bags of sugar at the Mumias sugar factory in western Kenya February 24, 2015. In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies. With much of the production coming from small rain-fed plots rather than large irrigated plantations, costs are much higher than Kenya's competitors (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya). This Week in Markets and Democracy: Tackling Corruption in Guatemala, Snap Elections, and AGOA’s Challenges

CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) Program highlights noteworthy events and articles each Friday in “This Week in Markets and Democracy.”  International Anticorruption Efforts Seem…

January 2, 2018

Economics
Graduating students arrive for commencement exercises at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 20, 2013. The Missing Ingredients of Growth

This post is co-authored by Karen Karniol-Tambour, Head of Investment Research at Bridgewater Associates. Several positive macroeconomic trends suggest that the global economy could finally be in …

February 12, 2018

Intelligence
CFS Leitrim The Intelligence Collection Implications of the CLOUD Act

The CLOUD Act is supposed to help foreign law enforcement investigate crime. It could also help foreign countries spy on each other. 

January 9, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A coal-fired power plant is pictured near a construction site in Beijing, China, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee Green Giants? Sectoral Obstacles and Opportunities to Reduce Carbon Emissions in China and India

This guest post is co-authored by Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School at the University of Texas a…

January 22, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-Ramaphosa-NEC Easing Zuma Out of the South African Presidency

While it is unlikely that the NEC has definitively determined that Zuma must go before February 8, Ramaphosa will nevertheless attempt to progressively marginalize him, starting with Davos.

February 16, 2018

Liberia
Africa-Johnson-Sirleaf-Mo-Ibrahim-Prize-Liberia Liberia’s Johnson-Sirleaf Awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership

The foundation’s prize committee stated that Sirleaf had shown exceptional leadership, and noted that Liberia was the only African country out of fifty-four to improve in every category of its Index of African Governance.

December 29, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and African Union Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat attend a media conference on the G5 Sahel. G5 Sahel: An African (and French) Solution to an African Problem

The coalition may be an example of that elusive goal: an African solution to an African problem. It was created by five different governments that appear committed to meeting the challenges of military cooperation and coordination.