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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

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.

December 1, 2015  Africa/Global: Changing "the Media"
    "I've thought a lot about the outrage over unequal media coverage when it comes to attacks in the Western world vs death in 'other' black and brown countries. I cringed when Barack Obama called the Paris attacks an attack on 'all humanity'--as if brutal attacks in Pakistan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Kenya and Somalia and Mexico are not quite up to that benchmark. I agree that we in the media need to do a better job ... [but] I can't help but think that the 'Why didn't the media care about _____' stories will come, generate outrage clicks and shares, and pass, without people really taking the time to examine their own media consumption habits. ... the stories were written, you just didn't click." - Karen Attiah, Nov. 17, 2015

April 17, 2014  Mali: Polls Show Turn to Optimism
Mar 26, 2013  Mali: Listening without Drones
Jan 15, 2013  Mali: No End to Conflict in Sight
Oct 15, 2012  Mali: No Shortcuts to Security
Jul 31, 2012  Mali: Warnings against Escalation
Aug   6, 2010  Africa: Migrant Rights Updates
Sep   3, 2007  Sahel: Beyond Any Drought

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

April 6, 2021  Africa/Global: People's Vaccine vs. Vaccine Apartheid
February 22, 2021  Africa/Global: The Inequality Virus
January 26, 2021  Africa/Global: Distant Horizon for Vaccine Equity
December 14, 2020  Africa/Global: State of Tax Justice 2020
October 13, 2020  Africa/Global: The Future's Not in Plastics
August 3, 2020  Africa/Global: Preventing the Next Pandemic

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