South Sudan falls out of favor with international donors

Jonathan Fisher, University of Birmingham The relationship between the government of South Sudan and the donor community is changing. International discourse on the East African country has moved from warm and sympathetic to disapproving, critical and exasperated. The tense relationship took a hit in March when Juba stated its intention to raise the permit fees …

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The African Union should revisit its admission criteria

Babatunde Fagbayibo, University of South Africa Morocco’s admission to the African Union (AU) was a mistake. In one move, the AU squandered a chance to discourage the north African state’s aggression against Western Sahara. It also showed how the body struggles to enforce the implementation of its own standards and directives. Morocco easily met the …

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There Is No Such Thing as a ‘Resource Curse’

by Tyler Bonin The world’s newest country, South Sudan, is suffering one of the worst famines in history, with nearly a million South Sudanese on the verge of starvation, after having suffered through two years of civil war. South Sudan falls within the bottom quartile of countries in per capita GDP, despite having the third …

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Interview with Africa subcommittee member Tom Garrett

U.S. Representative Tom Garrett was elected last November from the Fifth Congressional District of Virginia, and the freshman was assigned seats on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and its subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. Garrett, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Balkans in the 1990s, has a …

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Fighting Famine Is About Freedom, Not Just Food

by Mark J. Perry Are famines just things of the past? In the ancient world, a bad harvest threatened lives. The agricultural output of the world has dramatically increased in the last couple hundred years, and today, the Earth supports billions of healthy people thanks to advances in farm technology and global trade. Where individuals …

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