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October 23, 2019

Sierra Leone
Behind Sierra Leone’s Ambitious, Tech-Driven Development Plan

Sierra Leone currently ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of less than $300 and high levels of poverty. But President Julius Maada Bio has charted an ambitious development plan for the small West African country. Since 2017, President Bio has overseen increased investment in advanced technologies in the hopes of spurring development.

President Julius Maada Bio sits with his hands clasped at a desk.

February 27, 2013

Defense and Security
Leon Panetta’s Legacy

On August 4, 2011, six weeks into his tenure as secretary of defense, Leon Panetta gave his first press briefing at the Pentagon. After briefly commenting on the impressive civilian and military lead…

Panetta Goodbye

October 9, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Avoiding Political Violence in Sierra Leone

This is a guest blog post by Mohamed Jallow, Program Development Specialist at IntraHealth International. He was previously a program associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sierra Leoneans g…

Sierra Leone's opposition party All People?s Congress supporters mingle outside their party headquarters in Freetown 26/07/2007.

May 11, 2016

Wars and Conflict
Sierra Leone’s Girls in the Aftermath of Ebola

This article is by Dara Jackson-Garrett, a program associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. It has been nearly two years since Sierra Leone reported its first death caused by Ebola. The outb…

Girls pose for a portrait in eastern Sierra Leone

February 4, 2013

Defense and Security
Leon Panetta Reflects on U.S. Drone Strikes

In a series of farewell interviews over the past three days, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made some interesting observations about drone strikes. As the director of the Central Intelligence Agen…

Panetta

November 30, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sierra Leone: Change You Can (Not) Believe In

http://youtu.be/DDisMlwlSgk This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow. He is an interdepartmental associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and graduate of the CUNY Colin Powell Center for Policy S…

July 11, 2019

West Africa
West African Governments Lack Commitment to Reduce Soaring Inequality

Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI) have developed the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index (CRI). The index ranks 157 countries by their commitment to reducing inequality through increased spending on health and education, taxing the rich more than the poor, and paying a living wage.

A slum with a bridge, electric transmission lines, and a high-rises in the background.

October 17, 2014

Conflict Prevention
What Leon Panetta’s Memoir Says About Drone Strikes

Leon Panetta, Worthy Fights (New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2014), pp. 388-391. But the singular preoccupation with drones distracts from the larger context of the struggle we are waging. Yes, the Uni…

Panetta Book

November 8, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
To the Victors Go the Spoils: How Winner-Takes-All Politics Undermine Democracy in Sierra Leone

This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow, program development specialist at IntraHealth International. He was previously a program associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Looking at the bitterl…

Sierra Leone's President Bai Koroma's motorcade goes around the national stadium before his inauguration ceremony in Freetown 15/11/2007.

August 28, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Sierra Leone: Cholera Outbreak Underscores Need for Public Health Investment

This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow, a former interdepartmental associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and now a program development specialist at IntraHealth International. Mohamed is ori…

A cholera patient lies in a treatment centre run by Medecins Sans Frontieres on Macauley Street in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, August 23, 2012.