A shuffling of the Fund's voting shares slashed Africa's already minimal decision-making power. While unfair, the move is just a symptom of what's wrong with the IMF.
Poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa won't come through a quick fix.
Much more work remains to be done to eliminate unjust debts that stifle countries in the developing world.
The African political landscape is being reshaped by women, generating hope for the future of the continent and raising the bar for democracy worldwide.
In 2006, as concern grows over the most pressing security threats, from HIV/AIDS and the bird flu to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, the U.S. will face increasing demands to adapt its Africa policy to address these contemporary challenges.
France grows less welcoming to former colonial subjects.
Fueled by media images of carnage and desperation, a debate has been begun regarding a possible U.S. role in Liberia, but so far it has been all troops or no troops, without adequate attention to the big picture.
In the wake of the September 11th attack and the Iraq war, Nigeria's geopolitical significance to the U.S. has come into sharper relief.
The IAEA is being forced to mediate between the United States and certain members of what the Bush administration terms the axis of evil with the unfortunate outcome of a likely increase in nuclear weapons.
The idea of Liberia exists as a shining example of how best to transform a terrible crime to a great social innovation.