The kidnapping of more than 250 high school girls in northeast Nigeria has catapulted the terrorist group Boko Haram into the international spotlight. It has also raised uncomfortable questions for the Nigerian authorities, which have been condemned for their slow response to the crisis.
Many of Africa’s economies are at a crossroads, with an unprecedented opportunity for sustained growth, structural change, and accelerated development. Each will face a unique set of economic and political circumstances, but key to the success of all will be building critically needed infrastructure, deepening regional integration, and building a skilled workforce.
In February 2014, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center led a delegation to Ethiopia to examine the progress made and remaining challenges for expanding access to and demand for family planning services. Congressional staff from the offices of Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA), and Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) participated.
In December 2013, the Pew Research Center released data suggesting that Americans’ views of U.S. power and prestige abroad had reached a 40-year low.
Matt Bryden examines the evolution of Al-Shabaab’s leadership, ideological outlook, and military strategy in a new report from the CSIS Africa Program. With the loss of territory in Somalia and a purge of its more pragmatic and nationalist leaders, the group has become a more unified and extremist movement.
Africa’s changing economic landscape is prompting a shift in how U.S. policymakers view the continent.
On February 13, while official Washington, D.C. was otherwise shuttered by the winter’s largest snow storm, the Obama administration launched the Global Health Security (GHS) Agenda .
The Missing Middle
Building an economy from the ruins of war has never been easy. Finding ways to give participants and victims of violence an economic stake in stability has long been one of the most important objectives of countries trying to recover from conflict. Many do not succeed. So it is important to learn the right lessons from those that have.
Fighting has broken out in South Sudan between rival factions of the country’s armed forces, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). According to some reports, heavy machine guns and mortars were used during the violence, which began in the early hours of December 16 in the capital, Juba.