The Magnanimity of Despots and the Fall of the House of Bongo

Ali Bongo has just promised to give a tiny sliver of his fortune to the people of Gabon. It is probably too little, too late.

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Cecil the Lion and Zimbabwe’s Tragedy

The killing of Cecil the Lion was a senseless act, but far worse are the murders, political oppression, hunger, and economic devastation inflicted by Robert Mugabe’s government on the people of Zimbabwe

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Afghanistan: A Decade of Progress and Hope?

I met Taymor Kamrany in 2003, just over a year after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan had ousted the Taliban. We were both in Kabul, working on a USAID program to improve the environment for business and help government institutions rebuild their capacity to support a market economy. It was not an easy task.

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Dealing with Nigeria’s Jihadist Threat

About 10 days ago I sat at breakfast in Lomé, the capital of Togo, a sliver of a country in West Africa, watching French TV news of the capture, and what turned out to be false reports of the liberation, of seven French tourists in northern Cameroon by the Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram. It was hard not to feel concerned about the future of this part of the world.

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Like a Ton of BRICS: Let’s Drop the Catchy Emerging Markets Acronymns

Eurasia Group founder and emerging markets guru Ian Bremmer has come around to the view that the BRICS construct is nothing more than a bunch of countries “united by a catchy acronym” and little else.

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