- ReportBy Katherine Bliss, Cathryn StreifelNov 18, 2014
In June 2014, a small team from the CSIS Global Health Policy Center traveled to Ghana to examine U.S. bilateral support for maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH). The purpose of the trip was to plan a return visit with a delegation of U.S. congressional staff in August 2014.
- ReportBy Dominik BalthasarNov 18, 2014
Progress toward building a viable, functioning state in Somalia appears to have stalled in the face of political infighting, corruption, and insecurity. With its mandate due to expire in 2016, the Federal Government of Somalia is in danger of missing a series of deadlines, agreed with the international community, to pass a permanent constitution and hold national elections.
- CommentaryNov 3, 2014
Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaoré resigned on Friday after four days of violent protests. Burkinabé citizens took to the streets in the capital Ouagadougou and in Bobo Dioulasso calling for the resignation when Compaoré attempted to push through parliament a constitutional amendment that would abolish term limits and allow him to run in national elections scheduled for November 2015.
- CommentaryOct 10, 2014
On the surface, the easy and conventional explanation for the recent drop (20% since June) in oil prices - even in the face of heightened geopolitical risk/unrest in key oil producing regions - has focused mainly on the growth in supply (especially in the United States), lackluster global demand, and sizable global inventories. In combination, this trifecta has led market analysts to be both complacent (to date, this unrest has not impeded production volumes) and more recently, bearish. U.S. liquids production continues to grow; Russian exports, even in the face of sanctions remain high, and Iraq and Iran continue to export even as Libyan volumes go up and down.
- ReportOct 8, 2014
President Obama recently announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) would deploy 3,000 troops to lead a major expansion of the U.S. response to Ebola. This campaign will amplify efforts that already include the largest international response by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its history, numerous other U.S. agencies, and a large coalition of international partners assisting the affected nations.
- NewsletterAug 11, 2014
Matthew P. Goodman (email@example.com) holds the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. This article originally appeared on Aug. 6th as part of the CSIS Commentary series at http://csis.org/publication/right-order.
- CommentaryAug 8, 2014
The recently concluded U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit brought Africa to the forefront of the foreign policy agenda in Washington for three straight days. This was an unusual and welcome development for a continent that struggles to make its voice heard inside the Beltway. Too bad that a heavier than usual stack of international crises—including an Ebola outbreak in West Africa—competed for attention and that most members of Congress were not in town to witness the summit, having already departed on their summer break.
- Critical QuestionsJul 31, 2014
Ebola is a highly fatal (normally 60 percent) virus, for which there is no cure or vaccine. Infection is through needles, touching, and most commonly, through contact with bodily fluids (e.g., blood, vomit, feces, sweat). The animal reservoir(s) for Ebola is not known conclusively, though there is strong evidence that it is associated with bats.
- ReportBy Haim MalkaJul 25, 2014
The Maghreb is looking south to secure its future. Though ties between sub-Saharan and North Africa are deep and go back centuries, after independence in the 1950s and 1960s, Maghreb countries primarily viewed sub-Saharan Africa as an arena for competition among themselves.
- ReportJul 24, 2014
Of Africa’s over 1 billion citizens, roughly 60 percent are below the age of 30; and the number of youth on the continent is expected to double to 600 million by 2050. They are and will be Africa’s doctors, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, engineers, farmers, journalists, and political leaders.