- ReportBy Matt BrydenFeb 21, 2014
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.
- ReportFeb 19, 2014
Africa’s changing economic landscape is prompting a shift in how U.S. policymakers view the continent.
- CommentaryFeb 18, 2014
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.
- CommentaryBy Sadika Hameed, Julie HaltermanFeb 4, 2014
The Missing Middle
- Supporting Value-Chain Growth has Promise in Post-Conflict Countries, As Rwanda’s Coffee Industry ShowsCommentaryBy Sadika Hameed, Eli HarpstJan 3, 2014
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.
- Critical QuestionsDec 17, 2013
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.
- ReportBy Judith A. ChambersDec 17, 2013
This report outlines the status of biotechnology regulatory structures in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, with a focus on regulation of genetically modified (GM) crops. Effective regulatory structures are important for the approval and use of agricultural technology. As technologies become more sophisticated, so too must regulatory structures and risk assessment frameworks.
- ReportBy Jake Cusack and Matt TilleardDec 16, 2013
This report from the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development outlines a new tool for policymakers to encourage private-sector development in developing nations. Specifically, it argues that in fragile states there is an intermediation gap between sources of capital and entrepreneurs seeking investment.
- Critical QuestionsBy Richard Downie, Mikenna MaroneyDec 6, 2013
The United Nations Security Council has authorized African Union peacekeepers, bolstered by French troops, to use force to protect civilians and restore order in the Central African Republic (CAR). CAR has been in chaos since a coalition of rebel groups toppled President Francois Bozizé in March.
- ReportDec 3, 2013
Beginning in the 1970s, the United States steadily shifted the focus of its foreign assistance on meeting the basic human needs—public health, basic education, and food security—of the developing world; programs aimed at poverty reduction.