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Thinking Aloud: Learning the Right Lessons from Gambia

Feb. 1, 2017 by Darius  Two weeks ago, Yahya Jammeh, the man who had ruled the small West African nation of Gambia with an iron fist for the last 22 years, boarded a plane and flew into exile.  Jammeh’s departure … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “America’s Invisible Wars,” Part III

April 21, 2016 by Darius  [I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The panelists who presented on each of these … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Paul Kagame and the Seduction of Power

Jan. 13, 2016 by Darius  President Paul Kagame of Rwanda rang in the new year by announcing that he would run for a third term as president. A few weeks previously, Kagame had engineered a popular referendum to amend the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “African Dictatorship Fuels Migrant Crisis”

“African Dictatorship Fuels Migrant Crisis” The Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2015 http://www.wsj.com/articles/eritreans-flee-conscription-and-poverty-adding-to-the-migrant-crisis-in-europe-1445391364 “With his father trapped in open-ended military service that would soon snare him, too, Binyam walked for 19 hours without food or water to reach Ethiopia.  He … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces”

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” The New York Times, October 4, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/world/middleeast/uss-billions-fail-to-sustain-foreign-forces.html “With alarming frequency in recent years, thousands of American-trained security forces in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have collapsed, stalled or … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks”

“Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks” The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2015, p.A14 http://www.wsj.com/articles/severe-droughts-leave-africans-hungry-and-desperate-1443137463 “Ann Alinga points dejectedly to her family’s smallholding of sorghum and sunflower fields, ravaged by Africa’s worst dry spell in two decades.  Like many in … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Yuan Move Rattles Africa”

“Yuan Move Rattles Africa” The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2015, p.A6 http://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-currency-move-rattles-african-economies-1439803981 “The shock waves from China’s surprise yuan devaluation are ricocheting through African economies, sending currencies tumbling and stoking anxiety that the continent’s biggest trading partner might be … Continue reading

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