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July 12, 2012

China
Following the Money in Nigeria

On July 6 and July 9, Democracy in Africa published a must-read, comprehensive analysis of Nigeria’s current political economy. The anonymous author opens with a discussion of the replacement of Nati…

A money dealer counts the Nigerian naira on a machine in his office in the commercial capital of Lagos, January 13, 2009.

September 11, 2019

United States
Is the United States Prepared for Wildfires?

Climate change is increasing the risk of wildfire damage to critical energy infrastructure, according to a new Council on Foreign Relations report that details the physical, financial, and security r…

Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday.

November 15, 2019

Tanzania
Tanzania, Where Magufuli Is Waging a War on Democracy

During the four year tenure of President Magufuli, the country has move toward full-on authoritarianism. On November 7, a Magistrates Court in Tanzania postponed for the seventh time the case of journalist Erick Kabendera, who has voiced criticism of the country’s president, John Pombe Magufuli. After initially being violently abducted from his home and later investigated over his citizenship status, Mr. Kabendera is now facing a host of economic charges, including “assisting an organized crime racket” and money laundering. 

Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera arrives, flanked by security, at the Kisutu Residents Magistrate Court

September 3, 2019

United States
Geopolitics in a Liberalizing LNG Market: A Primer

This is a guest post by Brian Myers, a graduate student at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. While the U.S.-China trade war has cast a pall over the previous rosy outlook for g…

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker is tugged towards a thermal power station in Futtsu, east of Tokyo, Japan, ON November 13, 2017.

August 15, 2019

China
Fossil Fuel Free: A Plan to Phase Out China’s ICEVs

This is a guest post by Lucy Best and Michael Collins, research associates for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), a leadi…

Cars drive on the road during the morning rush hour in Beijing, China, July 2, 2019.

November 21, 2019

Russia
Disinformation Colonialism and African Internet Policy

Russia’s recent disinformation campaign in African countries highlights the challenges that African states face in crafting internet policy that is responsive to both external threats and internal po…

A street vendor walks past a bar called "Facebook" in Yaounde, Cameroon October 2, 2018.

October 18, 2019

United States
Trump Kills the G7's Legitimacy

Questions of legitimacy have long plagued the G7. The Trump administration's announcement of the Trump National Doral resort as the venue for next year's summit marks a new low.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to a news conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.

August 20, 2019

Energy and Climate Policy
Electricity as Coercion: Is There a Risk of Strategic Denial of Service?

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…

Electricity pylons are seen in London, Britain August 1, 2017.

November 5, 2019

Uganda
How Will China React to Uganda’s Looming Debt Crisis?

Uganda is heading toward a debt crisis. According to a senior official at the Bank of Uganda, unless the country is able to sustain a growth rate of at least 7 percent—which economic projections show Uganda will not do—the country will default on its payments. As is the case for many African countries, China is Uganda’s largest creditor, making up 39 percent of total debt this past fiscal year. If Uganda defaults, it is unclear how China will react.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping flanked by Chinese and Ugandan flags.

November 20, 2019

Guinea
Guinea Confronts Third Termism

The small West African country of Guinea has become the latest in sub-Saharan Africa threatened by third termism. President Alpha Condé’s second term ends in 2020, and the current constitution prevents him from seeking a third. So, last month, the eighty-one-year-old set to work drafting a new constitution, one that could allow him to remain in office indefinitely. 

Guinea's President Alpha Conde attends the opening of the 54th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, in Abuja, Nigeria December 22, 2018.