Tag: Africa

Egypt’s history and modern-day economy inextricably link to a healthy Nile River. However, large dam construction in upstream Ethiopia may soon jeopardize the strength of the Nile in Egypt. The case of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam provides a window into the future and is instructive for the international community on the evolving nature of water insecurity…

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Featured article: A Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness of Operations in Mali and Somalia by Lawrence J. Richardson The theory of a joint interagency task force (JIATF) operating in a predatory state or disparaging regime is perhaps the largest practical and contemporary challenge that military and interagency officers face in the field today. Utilizing the doctrinal terms and […]

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Featured article: Bridging the Accountability Gap: The Special Court for Sierra Leone by Dale McFeatters In October 2017, the Army revised Field Manual 3-0, Operations, the capstone doctrine on unified land operations, to focus on conducting and sustaining large-scale combat operations. Large-scale combat operations are the employment of the range of military operations occurring at the […]

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Featured article: Assessing the Impact of American and Chinese Economic Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa by James Jacobs and Kevin Boldt In 2015, Scientific American published an article which showcased how the continent of Africa is often sized on Mercator maps, in a similar fashion, to the island of Greenland, even though Africa is 14 times larger than […]

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Featured article: Interagency Approaches to Prevent the Reoccurrence of Conflict in Sierra Leone by Phillip J. Schenks, Mary C. Avriette and Jonathan M. Holliday Countries which experience one civil war are more likely to experience another. Recurrent civil wars impair economic investment and divert government funds from governance to security. The result of conflict-related resource […]

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Featured article: Disenfranchisement Breeds Conflict by Benjamin E. Birtles Conflict arises from various sources of competition loosely categorized as either realistic or non-realistic. Disenfranchisement increases group stress leading to increased non-realistic conflict sources, thereby contributing to a higher probability of physical violence. Forcibly implementing political systems that cause disenfranchisement sets the stage for future conflict leading to […]

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Featured article: Improving Interagency Coordination in Africa by Robert Bennett United States Army Africa (USARAF) executes over 400 activities annually valued at $2 million. These activities augment activities sponsored by other U.S. government, private charitable foundations, churches, and regional African organizations. The stated goals for these activities are complementary, but coordination among the groups is generally ineffective […]

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Featured article: Searching for a Win-Win-Win: Rethinking Energy Crisis Solutions in West Africa by Johnny J. Wandasan, Karie Hawk and Michael J. Cheatham On March 9, 2017, venture magnate Elon Musk sent shockwaves through the energy production world. With a simple tweet, Musk accepted an unprecedented challenge from fellow billionaire Michael Cannon-Brookes in response to rolling […]

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Featured article: Decline of Westphalia in West Africa: How Decentralized Power in West Africa Can be a Rebirth of African Identity by Matthew D. Pride, Bryan C. Smith and Harmonie Foster The day might soon arrive where responsible sub-state and non-state actors may rotate seats on the United Nations Security Council as non-voting members. It seems […]

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