Our Girls are Still Not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death

Our Girls are Still Not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death

The ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Northeastern Nigeria has deteriorated over the last week with the cross-border military clashes between Boko Haram and the military forces of Cameroon and Chad, and Boko Haram’s attacks on the northeastern Nigerian...
Film: Apocalypse Africa: Made In America

Film: Apocalypse Africa: Made In America

Join us at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) for a screening on the United States’ involvement in the downfall of Africa. From August 4 -6, last week the White House hosted leaders from across the African continent in the nation’s capital for a three-day...
New Policy Statement: A New Direction for U.S. Policy on Africa

New Policy Statement: A New Direction for U.S. Policy on Africa

A new statement spotlights three points of concern from members of the Africa Advocacy Network (ADNA): 1. Militarization of US policy toward Africa; 2. Food, Agricultural Investment, Land Grabs; 3. Financial Integrity and Economic Development. VIEW THE STATEMENT (PDF)...
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...

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...
Mali’s War: The Wages of Sin

Mali’s War: The Wages of Sin

The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are appalling: a young couple stoned to death, iconic ancient shrines dismantled, and some 365,000 refugees fleeing beatings and whippings for the slightest violations of Sharia law. But the bad dream unfolding in this West...
Film: Apocalypse Africa: Made In America

Film: Apocalypse Africa: Made In America

On April 15, 1958, in the city of Accra, Ghana, African leaders and political activists gathered at the first Conference of Independent African States. The Conference was attended by representatives of the governments of Egypt (at the time a constituent part of the...
Why Kony 2012 Fails

Why Kony 2012 Fails

The controversial Kony 2012 video provides a Twitter-like view of Uganda, political history, and U.S. foreign policy. From Twitter trending to the front page of The New York Times to public statements by the White House and the Pentagon, the Kony 2012 campaign has...
History Repeats Itself with Somalia Invasion

History Repeats Itself with Somalia Invasion

Kenya’s ill-advised incursion into Somalia on Oct. 16 after a rash of kidnappings in the tourist paradise of Lamu will most likely lead to a long and expensive quagmire. The escalation will further destabilize a region already reeling from war, piracy, famine,...

Target: Africa

An informal competition took place during the Bush years for the title of “second front” in the war on terror. Administration officials often referred to Southeast Asia as the next major franchise location for al-Qaeda, with the Philippines in particular...
Great Game in the Horn of Africa

Great Game in the Horn of Africa

The United States announced this past week that it is deploying a 100-man mission to assist the Ugandan government in tracking down the remnants of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a force whose bloody conflict with the Ugandan military has devastated northern...
U.S.-Algeria Counterterrorism Partnership a Marriage of Convenience

U.S.-Algeria Counterterrorism Partnership a Marriage of Convenience

Daniel Benjamin in Algiers At about the time that the United States, the European Union and NATO were putting the final touches on their not-so ‘humanitarian’ interventionalism in Libya, U.S. Middle East policy was developing along quite different lines in...