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Nigeria's 2015 Presidential Elections: A Seismic Shift in the Political Landscape

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

Opinion Piece from a 2015 International Election Observer What Nigeria's Elections Means for the Country, For Continent; Voters are the election "su...

Is South Africa Losing the Battle?

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jayaseelan Naidoo

We are the not the case of exceptionalism we once were. Nor are we the model of good governance.

The Other Casualty Of The Nairobi Mall Massacre

Quartz | Neelam Verjee | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business

Quartz: NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya’s economic boom is only as secure as its borders. East Africa’s powerhouse was reminded of this over the wee...

Are African Lions One-Trick Ponies?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

For the African growth story to be more than the "one-trick" resources story, its leaders have to prioritize the diversification of their economies. Natural resource extraction offers immediate benefits but this growth path is unlikely to translate into tangible improvements in the lives of most Africans.

Botswana: An African Model for Progress and Prosperity

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

Botswana is undoubtedly in an opportune position to become a global economic center as De Beers Diamond Trading Company headquarters relocates from London to Gaborone in late 2013.

What About Including Women in Africa's Transformation?

Kristine Pearson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
Kristine Pearson

South Africa's minister of finance delivered heartfelt remarks, reminding us that there are a billion lives that need to benefit from Africa's transformation. Little did I realize how swiftly and significantly Minister Gordhan's words would touch me.

An International Side to War in Africa

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 11.20.2011 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently tried to explain to a friend why Africa had so much war from a combination of domestic and international pressures. The domestic African causes of war are obvious; however, it was difficult to explain the international roots.

Despite Obama in Ghana, a Bad Month for African Democracy

Todd Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Moss

In Mauritania the vote was so obviously suspicious that the electoral chief resigned and the opposition rejected the results.

Cindy McCain, Bill Frist, Tom Daschle, Mike Huckabee, et al in....Rwanda!

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Ruxin

The trip is significant not only because of the unusual political chemistry, but because this group has already identified that global health and extreme poverty must be foreign policy priorities in the election.