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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
June 9, 2022 Africa/Global: Ukraine, Africa, and Our Planet
May 11, 2022 Africa/Global: Debt, IFFs, and Inequality in Africa
April 21, 2022 Africa/Global: Climate Put on Back Burner by War
March 25, 2022 Africa/Global: Updates from AfricaFocus
November 23, 2021 Africa/Global: From Climate Denial to Deceit and Delay
November 2, 2021 Africa/Global: The Heat is On! Time to Act!
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