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September 12, 2018

Mali
Africa is the Fastest Urbanizing Place on the Planet

Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at the fastest rate in the world.

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July 5, 2018

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Africa's Rapid Urban Population Growth Is Problematic, but Can Be Managed

A rapidly growing population will create a “demographic dividend,” and urbanization will accelerate economic development, or so the “Africa rising” narrative goes. Given Africa’s lack of basic infrastructure, ranging from roads to hospitals to schools, both propositions are dubious.

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September 14, 2018

Bangladesh
Bangladesh: Faith in Democracy and Institutions Is In Decline as Election Nears

A new public opinion poll shows that Bangladesh’s citizens are losing confidence in democratic institutions. The forthcoming election is an opportunity to renew the public’s faith in the democratic p…

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed consults with her team during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, U.S. September 18, 2017.

August 15, 2018

Disasters
U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

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August 8, 2018

South Africa
Despite Land Reform, South Africa Is not Becoming Zimbabwe or Venezuela 

The ANC's proposed legislation would clarify the constitutional provisions that already provide for the government to take ownership of land, but not expand them. Ramaphosa and the ANC acknowledge that the constitution’s property clause already “enables the state to effect expropriation of land with just and equitable compensation and also expropriation without compensation in the public interest.”

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August 2, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About

The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that one person is forcibly displaced from their home every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. We have seen the photographs of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon, and read about Somali refugees flooding into Yemen. Worldwide, refugees—citizens who flee their own country for another—number more than 20 million. But that number is dwarfed by a more silent and devastating crisis: the over 40 million who are internally displaced. 

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July 31, 2018

Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwe Election and Mnangagwa’s Charm Offensive

A victorious candidate must win 50 percent of the total vote plus one. If there is no outright winner, the top two candidates will be forced into a runoff, which would take place on September 8. Mnangagwa and Chamisa ran neck and neck in preelection polls, and there are many analysts now raising the possibility, even the likelihood, of a runoff.

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July 26, 2018

Nigeria
Up-Armored SVBIEDs Make Their Way to Nigeria

They are used to carry out suicide attacks on Nigerian troops in the bush during battles. Up-armored SVBIEDs are not like car bombs, which are designed to avoid detection in urban environments. Rather, up-armored SVBIEDs appear obviously to be weaponized, but in the bush they still have some camouflage.

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July 11, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Radio Show Offers a Measure of Justice Where the State Does Not

Unable to rely on the state, urban Nigerians are also finding alternative ways to address their grievances. Some are turning to a radio show, “The Bakete Family,” hosted by Ahman Isah and broadcast by Human Rights Radio six days a week from Abuja.

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June 27, 2018

State and Local Governments
The New City Multilateralism

As the world rapidly grows more urban, city leaders are turning to a new form of voluntary, locally oriented diplomacy to coordinate with their global peers on sustainable development, infrastructure…

Mumbai's urban development