Africa News

Regulating the Resource Curse

Oct 15, 2012
This summer, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new regulations requiring oil, gas, and mineral companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to report payments to foreign governments. The aim of the effort is to reduce the kind of corruption and insecurity seen in places like Angola, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – sometimes called the “resource curse.” But, argues Wilson Center scholar Jeff Colgan, it may also help reduce international conflict between more developed countries as well.

U.S. Drought, Climate Change Could Lead to More Food Crises

Aug 16, 2012
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, the United States is vital to the global food market. But this summer has seen the country’s worst drought since 1956, and several other key grain-producing regions have been affected by abnormal weather this year as well.
A view of the trading floor at the Nigerian Stock Exchange at the end of trading hours in Lagos

Uniting Africa: Is Regional Integration Possible?

Jul 27, 2012
One of the main obstacles to growth in Africa is the lack of intra-African trade and commerce. Africa Program Director Steven McDonald describes recent international efforts to encourage regional integration which he believes will accelerate economic growth, promote peace and stability, and support sustainable development goals.

Women’s Rights and Voices Belong at Rio+20

Jun 19, 2012
For the scores of women who will be attending the 20th anniversary of the first UN Earth Summit this June (and just importantly for those who aren’t), there are glaring omissions: reproductive health, gender equality, and girls education are nowhere to be found on the Rio+20 agenda.

The Year Ahead in Political Demography

Jun 11, 2012
The Arab Spring was anticipated by few, but for a handful of political demographers it was a watershed of sorts. Although such game-changers are rarely predictable, the year ahead promises to be eventful as well, with new demographic research and major policy initiatives on the horizon.
Paul Kagame

The Darling Dictator of the Day

May 30, 2012
In Rwanda, economic progress has come at the cost of democracy, with disenfranchisement especially high among youth, Wilson Center fellow Marc Sommers argues in a New York Times op-ed. President Paul Kagame’s virtual dictatorship may also be guilty of intimidating opposition politicians and journalists, Sommers says.

Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia

May 24, 2012
Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace played a major role in ending the nation’s 14-year civil war in 2003 and helped bring to power Liberia’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Olubanke King-Akerele, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Johnson Sirleaf discusses her new book, her country and the special role that women play there.

Call for Applications: Nuclear History Fellowship with NPIHP partner, Monash South Africa

May 22, 2012
Monash South Africa, a partner of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), is pleased to announce a 3-month research fellowship to a scholar studying South Africa's nuclear history, in particular relating to its nuclear weapons program, collaboration with other countries, and non-proliferation policies.

Political Demography at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Apr 05, 2012
Jack Goldstone, Richard Cincotta, Jennifer Sciubba, and Geoff Dabelko spoke at the Monterey Institute for International Studies on key developments in political demography.

Violence-plagued Horn of Africa in Need of Strategic Policy Vision

Feb 16, 2012
The site of hundreds of armed conflicts in the past quarter century, the Horn of Africa has suffered from a single-minded policy focus that emphasizes short-term tactical objectives at the expense of an overarching strategic vision, Wilson Center expert Paul Williams argues. Author of the new report, "Horn of Africa: Webs of Conflict and Pathways to Peace," Williams believes the time is now for policymakers to reconsider long-term strategies of peace-building and conflict-resolution—measures, which, he says, can go further to root out the causes of violence.

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