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October 5, 2017

Niger
Three Green Berets Killed in Niger

Correction: After this blog was originally posted, it was confirmed that four, not three, Green Berets were killed in western Niger. The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) has announced that t…

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November 6, 2018

Germany
Will Europe Go Green?

As European voters look for new alternatives, Green parties are making waves across the region. In doing so, they could signal a counterweight to the populist European right and influence national an…

Green party top candidate and Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development of Hesse Tarek Al-Wazir and Minister For The Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture And Consumer Protection of Hesse Priska Hinz react on first exit polls following the Hesse state election in Wiesbaden, Germany on October 28, 2018

October 5, 2018

United States
John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture With John Kerry

John Kerry discusses his American life as a Navy lieutenant, prosecutor, lieutenant governor, Democratic nominee for the presidency of the United States, five term senator, and U.S. Secretary of Stat…

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April 30, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Great Green Wall of Africa

This is a guest post by Kyle Benjamin Schneps; a dual master’s degree candidate at Columbia University specializing in international security policy and global health initiatives. He is currently com…

A dried up river filled with sand winds its way across the desert near Gos Beida in eastern Chad June 5, 2008.

August 28, 2018

United States
Scoop Jackson and John McCain

In the course of my career I've had the great privilege of working for Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson and knowing John McCain, two of the most consequential senators of the last seventy-five years. And the…

December 9, 2015

United States
A Conversation With John Kasich

John Kasich discusses U.S. foreign policy.

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January 16, 2019

Religion
Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away

Recent obituaries published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post celebrated Dr. Lamin Sanneh'a enormous scholarly contributions to religion in Africa. He emphasized the role of African missionaries as well as European ones in the spread of Christianity throughout the continent.

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January 15, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 5–11

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between January 5 to 11, 2019.

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January 11, 2019

South Africa
Reconciling the South African Military’s Mission With Its Budget

There is mismatch between what the government asks and expects South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) to do and the money allocated to carry out its missions. The SANDF budget declined again for this fiscal year and stands at only around 1 percent of GDP. (By contrast, the budget for education is just under 5 percent of GDP.) 

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January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

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