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Geopolitics / Africa

South Sudan Experiment Headed Toward Failure

May 07, 2012 at 23:21 | Daniel J. Graeber

The World Bank, in a draft document reviewed by the independent Sudan Tribune, warns that South Sudan could collapse by its two-year anniversary because authorities in Juba were unaware of…

Climate Change and the Potential for Future Instability in North Africa

Apr 23, 2012 at 17:08 | Science Progress

Northwest Africa is crisscrossed with climate, migration, and security challenges. From Nigeria to Niger, Algeria, and Morocco, this region has long been marked by labour migration, bringing workers from sub-Saharan…

Sudan: The Oil Drums of War

Apr 13, 2012 at 16:33 | Daniel J. Graeber

The U.S. special envoy for Sudan told reporters in January he was "very concerned" about the situation in Sudan. South Sudan and Sudan split last year under the terms…

As Mali Risks Regional Stability, No One Is Asking the Right Questions

Apr 10, 2012 at 13:40 | Jen Alic

A lot has happened in Mali in less than three weeks’ time. Renegade soldiers have declared a coup d’état; Touareg separatists have carved out their own state the size of…

The Vital Strategic Debate: Who - in the West - Lost Africa?

Feb 22, 2012 at 17:43 | Strategic Studies

The debate in the West over “who lost China” resonated in 1949 as the Nationalist forces of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek began their withdrawal to Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, and…

As the Syrian Crisis Deepens Will Russia Step in Before the UN?

Jan 31, 2012 at 17:30 | Juan Cole

The events of the past five days in Syria may be a game changer, both domestically and internationally. Last Thursday, opposition forces said, 100 people were killed. Massacres were alleged…

Can South Sudan Ever Escape from Violence and Chaos?

Jan 14, 2012 at 07:30 | John Daly

There’s bad news and then there’s South Sudan, the world’s newest state. Less than six months after peacefully seceding from Sudan in the wake of an internally supervised plebiscite, South…

China's Oil Diplomacy a First

Dec 14, 2011 at 17:59 | John Daly

China’s diplomatic efforts have traditionally been modes in the extreme, supporting unilateral engagement to solve thorny issues. No more. In a first, Beijing is inserting itself into resolving…

Sudan's Never-Ending Agony

Nov 15, 2011 at 17:07 | John Daly

On 9 July, the world’s newest nation emerged from the state of Sudan, when South Sudan achieved formal independence. Five months later, the new nation’s fragility is obvious to all,…

Libyan Rebels Triumph - So, Apparently, Does Islam

Sep 16, 2011 at 08:50 | John Daly

One of the most popular groups of the late 1960s, Country Joe and the Fish, had a scathing antiwar song about Vietnam, the “I feel Like I’m Fixing to Die…

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