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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.

October 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Origins of African States, and Their Names

An article on the origins of the names of African countries was recently published in Quartz. It includes a map of the continent in 1885, shortly after the Berlin Conference. Portuguese and Arabic traders and explorers are the origins of some names, European mispronunciation of tribal names are the origins of others.

A bird flies in front of Mount Kenya on the horizon in Laikipia national park, Kenya.

July 24, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Ebola Virus

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

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.

July 26, 2016

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Suing Lord Balfour

The unseriousness of the PLO’s desire for peace with Israel was demonstrated in a comic manner this week. Here’s the news item from the AP:   The Palestinian president says he will sue Great Br…

June 8, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Lord's Resistance Army Persists

African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat announced that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted over seven hundred people and displaced hundreds more in 2017. In February, it …

Lord's Resistance Army Caesar Achellam

June 25, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
Kissinger’s Foreign Policy, With Winston Lord

Former CFR President Winston Lord sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss his time working with Henry Kissinger. From 1970 to 1973, Lord served as Kissinger’s special assistant while Kissinger was…

Podcast Xi Jinping and Henry Kissinger shaking hands

January 2, 2018

Nigeria
Lord Lugard Created Nigeria 104 Years Ago

Lord Frederick Lugard, in a bid to simplify his colonial duties and subsidize his northern territory with his southern territory, signed a piece of paper on January 1, 1914 and created the political space that is Nigeria.

Nigeria-Independence-Day-Lagos

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.

Kenya-Christianity-Turkana

January 9, 2019

Americas
Latin America Needs to Fix Its Education Deficit

Investing more in human capital is the region’s best hope to escape the middle-income trap.

School children play in classroom at Sao Jose school in Morro Do Veridiano, Belagua