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November 13, 2017  Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
    What strategies work to counter terrorism effectively, whether in Africa or anywhere else in the world? Few would claim to have a convincing answer to that question. However, there is some real evidence of what strategies do not work and are even counterproductive. For example, a new UNDP study studying recruitment to violent extremism, based on interviews with former extremists in Nigeria, Kenya, and Somalia, found a number of factors underlying the growth of violent extremism. Particularly striking was the finding that 71 percent of recruits interviewed said that it was some form of government action that was the 'tipping point' that triggered their final decision to join an extremist group.

November 13, 2017  USA/Sahel: Questions Asked, Unasked, Half-Answered
    The U.S. military presence in Africa, which has been growing steadily since the years following the 9/11 attack, has been having a spotlight in U.S. media after the death of four U.S. soldiers in Niger on October 4. But despite numerous questions raised, and the prominent attention given to the characteristically obtuse and insensitive response from the White House, the questions raised have been at best half-answered. And fundamental questions about counterterrorism strategy and U.S. policy were left unasked in the Washington-focused debate.

October 30, 2017  Africa/Global: Recent Books Read & Recommended
    As with other publications largely focused on current events, AfricaFocus Bulletin is confronted with an exponentially increasing bombardment of daily news. My approach as the editor is to select a particular topic of interest, sometimes highlighted in the news and sometimes not, and try to put it into context for readers with excerpts from the most relevant sources. But I also find it essential to try to step back and refresh my understanding of the wider context. For that, I find I must turn to books.

October 19, 2017  Somalia: Not Only a Somali Tragedy
    "I think it's really quite tragic that a strategy run from Washington, D.C., and from the European headquarters in Brussels pays so little attention when over 300 people are killed, massacred, and another 500 people are struggling for their lives, and that very little support comes from the United States and the European Union to help the Somali government clean up this, help the people who have been injured or people who have lost their parents or their children." - Dr. Abdi Samatar

October 9, 2017  Africa/Global: Tobacco Industry Targets Africa Markets
    "British American Tobacco (BAT) and other multinational tobacco firms have threatened governments in at least eight countries in Africa demanding they axe or dilute the kind of protections that have saved millions of lives in the west, a Guardian investigation has found. ... The giant tobacco firms hope to boost their markets in Africa, which has a fast-growing young and increasingly prosperous population." - The Guardian

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August 29, 2017  
    Sierra Leone: Hard Lessons from Disaster
August 23, 2017  
    USA/Africa: No Policy? Bad Policy? Or Both?
August 8, 2017  
    Africa: Bridge to Education, or to Nowhere?
July 31, 2017  
    Africa: Visa Openness on the Agenda?
July 24, 2017  
    Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 2
July 24, 2017  
    Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 1
July 17, 2017  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Inga Dam Mirage Recedes, Again
July 10, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Following the Money
June 19, 2017  
    Africa/Europe: Mediterranean Trajectories
June 6, 2017  
    South Africa: #Guptaleaks - Will Heads Roll?
May 30, 2017  
    USA/Africa: "Pro-Death" Health Agendas Advance
May 24, 2017  
    Nigeria: Corruption Undercuts Boko Haram Fight
May 17, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Whose Energy?
May   8, 2017  
    Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
April 25, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0
April 25, 2017  
    Zambia: From Democracy to Dictatorship?
April 17, 2017  
    Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses
April 10, 2017  
    Africa: African Feminism Past and Present
April 3, 2017  
    South Africa: Rising Outcry for Zuma to Go
March 28, 2017  
    Liberia: Mining, Displacement, and the World Bank
March 21, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Scaling Up Solar

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