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Africa Governance & Law Policy & Politics

Power, Strategy, and Outcomes in Negotiations in The Gambia

Introduction According to Bill Zartman, power is defined as the “ability by one party to move another in an intended direction.”[1]Power relates to physical force, but many aspects of power move beyond force. Weaker parties often form coalitions, appeal to public opinion, use principles and morality, and leverage other strategies to build their power.[2] When parties […]

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Africa Policy & Politics

Africa Is Not a Region, and Policymakers Should Stop Treating It Like One

With the new presidential administration in the United States, numerous articles have been published which suggest initiatives for the Biden administration, including from such Washington institutions as the Council on Foreign Relations,[1] the Center for Strategic and International Studies,[2] and Foreign Policy magazine.[3] Many innovative and sound policy ideas are found in these pages. But by examining Africa policy in […]

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Africa Regional Security & Conflict Uncategorized

The African Union’s Institutional Approach to Transnational Terrorism

This paper examines the African Union’s (AU) institutional approach to transnational terrorism. Specifically, its approaches in combating Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Boko Haram, and al-Shabaab.

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Africa Economics Policy & Politics

How a Population of 4.2 Billion Could Impact Africa by 2100: The Possible Economic, Demographic, and Geopolitical Outcomes

Since the United Nations released the 2017 edition of its annual World Population Prospects report that predicted a surge in the population of Africa as early as 2050, African leaders and development economists have debated how the continent should prepare. This article analyzes Africa’s looming demographic explosion and its likely consequences to help provide the foundational knowledge required for African leaders to make informed policy decisions.

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Africa Civil Society Middle East Security & Conflict

The Second Wave?

It is clear that while the momentum of the Arab Uprisings of 2011 had been arrested – and, in Egypt, Syria, and Bahrain, reversed or crushed – the root causes that brought them about still exist and have, in most states, not been addressed and are “burning embers under the ashes.”

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Africa Civil Society International Development

A Model to Implement Sustainable Development in Morocco

In terms of human development potential, Morocco is a nation of immense promise, where gifted fortunes of nature such as wide-ranging organic agricultural products come together with dynamic social development frameworks. Moroccan development opportunities could launch the country into a haven for community-managed projects and change in Africa and the Near East.

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Africa Asia Pacific Economics International Development North America Policy & Politics

Mutual Delegitimization: American and Chinese Development Assistance in Africa

How can China’s ideas of development assistance to Africa be regarded within the context of a wider struggle among global powers? In contrast to the dominant public understanding that Chinese aid has “no strings attached,” authors Salvador Regilme and Henrik Hartmann from the University of Leiden show that US and Chinese governments’ aid strategies champion their own geostrategic national interests in the African continent.

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Africa Asia Pacific Civil Society Governance & Law International Development

Rebuilding State Institutions, Post-Conflict: Reform Experiences from Afghanistan and Somalia

Authors Giulio de Tommaso and Rohullah Osmani discuss the challenges of rebuilding robust state institutions in post-conflict zones, using Afghanistan and Somalia as case studies, and provide policy prescriptions for public administration reform.

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Africa Civil Society Policy & Politics Security & Conflict

Understanding Charlie Hebdo: Lessons from Tunisia

The massacre on January 7, 2015, at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo and its violent aftermath has sparked debate in Tunisia. SAIS PhD candidate Sabina Henneberg discusses the implications.

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Africa Economics Events Governance & Law Security & Conflict

Uncharted Waters: Maritime Security and Resource Challenges Panel

On December 9th, the SAIS Review welcomed Caitlyn Antrim, James Bridger, and William Komiss for the “Uncharted Waters: Maritime Security and Resource Challenges” panel in Rome Auditorium.