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March 22, 2021 Sahel: Questioning Counterterrorism?
“In the context of complex and protracted conflicts, it is time to
rethink the role of the international community and acknowledge its
limits. Today, success depends first and foremost on the willingness
(much more than on the capacity) of corrupt leaders to reform and
renew their social contract with citizens, especially in rural areas.
International efforts will fail as long as impunity prevails and
local armies can kill civilians and topple governments without
consequence.” - Chatham House Research Paper
January 26, 2015 Burkina Faso: Hopes for New Beginnings
"Over the next year, the transition away from the Compaoré era [in
Burkina Faso] will be full of uncertainties. The opposition leaders
are focused on new elections, which they clearly hope to win.
Others, closer to the activist networks, are also pushing for more
fundamental changes: to improve people's economic and social
conditions, root out corruption, reform state institutions, and
bring to justice the worst criminals of the ancien régime." - Ernest
Sep 3, 2007 Sahel: Beyond Any Drought
"People blame locusts, drought and high food prices for the crisis
that affected more than 3 million people in Niger in 2005, But
these were just triggers. The real cause of the problem was that
people there are chronically vulnerable. Two years later, they
still are." - Vanessa Rubin, CARE International UK
Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues
January 23, 2023 Update from Editor on Future Plans
November 15, 2022 Africa/Global: "Daughter of Africa" Steps Up to Lead on Global Crises
October 25, 2022 Africa/Global: Remembering Valeriano Ferrão and Charles Sherrod
October 10, 2022 AfricaFocus 3.0: Not ´A Nation of Immigrants´
July 20, 2022 Africa/Global: Oligarchs of All Nations
June 9, 2022 Africa/Global: Ukraine, Africa, and Our Planet
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