22nd Annual California State Africa/ Diaspora Conference

22nd Annual California State Africa/ Diaspora Conference

FPIF Co-director Emira Woods gives keynote address at the 22nd Annual California State Africa/ Diaspora Conference. The conference is sponsored by CSUS’ Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) in collaboration with the California Black Health...
Will China Wear Out Its Welcome in Africa?

Will China Wear Out Its Welcome in Africa?

From the eight-lane Nairobi-Thika highway built by Chinese construction companies to the ubiquitous Chinese restaurants around town, the signs of China’s activity are everywhere in Kenya—right down to the friendly nihao called out by Kenyans as I walk down...
Africa Faith and Justice Network’s 30th Anniversary

Africa Faith and Justice Network’s 30th Anniversary

Featuring: Cardinal Peter Turkson of GhanaPresident of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Emira Woods Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus for the Institute for Policy Studies Martin Sheen (invited) Actor, Faith activist And entertainment by The...
Theater: The Convert

Theater: The Convert

OBIE Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira (Eclipsed, In The Continuum) returns to Woolly with her rich, unflinching, and compassionate new play. Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, The Convert follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village...
A Day to Remember A Martyr

A Day to Remember A Martyr

The militancy and radicalism of El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (a.k.a. Malcolm X) has made his legacy harder to hijack by those of the status quo than that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but that hijack is being attempted nonetheless. It has to be. Learning about the life...
Is It Time for an African Pope?

Is It Time for an African Pope?

The startling resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is the first since 1415, when Pope Gregory XII stepped down to help resolve a schism in the Catholic Church. At 85 years old, Pope Benedict cites his advanced age, failing health, and lack of strength as the reasons for...
Why Africa Is Turning to China

Why Africa Is Turning to China

Ghana held its general elections on December 7 and 8, 2012, reelecting incumbent President John Dramani Mahama. However, Nana Akufo-Addo, flag-bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, is challenging Mahama’s narrow win and intends to contest the result in...

The U.S. and Africa: The Next Four Years

Over the next four years the U.S. will face a number of foreign policy issues, most of them regional, some of them global. Conn Hallinan has been outlining and analyzing them. His first report covered the Middle East. Africa is probably the single most complex region...
Lessons of Sandy

Lessons of Sandy

In July 2009, I was in Ghana during a fuel shortage. This year, after Hurricane Sandy deprived the Northeast of gas, power, food, and clean water, drivers in New York and New Jersey were forced to line up for rationed gas. The cause of the fuel shortage differed from...
Mali: Crisis and Hope

Mali: Crisis and Hope

The potential is high for foreign military intervention in Mali. Mali remains in crisis. A military coup early this year followed by an insurgency attack in the north threatens the stability of the entire West African sub-region. Just this week the Associated Press...
The Spooky Side of Chocolate

The Spooky Side of Chocolate

This Halloween, many of the chocolate goodies handed out to American children dressed as goblins and witches will have a ghoulish history of their own. In the cocoa fields where many of these chocolates originate, West African children work grueling hours — some...

Young Voices and New Visions from Africa

Please join IPS Associate Fellow and American University Professor Carl LeVan for a roundtable discussion on diaspora democracy. Is the real significance of the so-called ‘youth bulge’ an emerging generation gap between citizens and leaders? How do young...
AIDS in Africa and Black America

AIDS in Africa and Black America

Thirty years ago, the CDC reported the first cases of HIV/AIDS in New York and Los Angeles. Initially thought to be a disease of gay white men, AIDS is now a global epidemic. Thirty-three million people worldwide were living with AIDS in 2010, with sub-Saharan Africa...
Africa Braintrust 2012

Africa Braintrust 2012

Join Representative Karen Bass and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for the Africa Braintrust, as IPS’ Director of Foreign Policy In Focus Emira Woods is featured on a panel about “Emerging Threats to Political Stability,” in Africa. The...
Understanding the Standoff in Mali

Understanding the Standoff in Mali

The standoff between Mali’s government and the armed Islamists who control two-thirds of the country is unlikely to resolve peacefully, and the prospects for a new war in the Sahel appear increasingly probable. In January, a disciplined Tuareg separatist group,...