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    Africa: U.S. Leadership Needed to Promote Democracy

    Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World 2014 found that sub-Saharan Africa declined in all seven categories of global political rights and civil liberties. Most telling was that, of the 10 countries listed as the “Worst of the Worst” in this year’s report, five were African countries, including the Central … More

    Q&A on the Trouble in South Sudan, the World’s Youngest Country

    South Sudan is dangerously close to becoming embroiled in a civil war. Rival factions within the national army clashed in the capital, resulting in an attempted coup at the beginning of the week. Two Indian U.N. peacekeepers have been killed in the Jonglei state. Over 500 people have been killed … More

    Obstacles to Peace in South Sudan

    Even as an independent country, peace remains elusive for South Sudan. Decades of civil war, genocide, complex ethnic relations, and deep-seated distrust continue to plague its relationship with Sudan. Despite a peace agreement in 2005 that failed to adequately deliver “diversity in unity” and eventually led to the creation of … More

    Morning Bell: 3 Reasons the U.N.'s Arms Treaty Is Useless

    It sounds nice to say there could be a treaty that would make all nations responsible when it comes to their arms exports. Of course, it’s also impossible. The latest draft of the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which would regulate imports and exports of arms around the world, failed … More

    The U.S. Should Designate Boko Haram a Terrorist Organization

    On March 26, the Nigerian senate proved that President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal to grant amnesty to terrorist organization Boko Haram was not in vain. Nigerian Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe announced that the senate, like the president, was opposed to amnesty for Boko Haram. Nigeria’s emboldened approach to dealing with Boko Haram … More

    A Return to War for Sudan and South Sudan?

    Not even a year after South Sudan’s independence from Sudan, the world’s newest country is already on the brink of war with its longtime foe. Last week, South Sudanese troops (otherwise known as the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA) occupied the oil-rich town of Heglig in Sudan—host to the … More

    Sudan: More Conflict for Khartoum?

    Since South Sudan gained independence last January, the world’s newest country has many challenges to face. The government in Juba must quickly and efficiently address some of the most basic issues that many in the West take for granted, such as roads, clean water, and electricity. In short, it must … More

    Washington in a Flash: Debt Talks

    Yesterday’s debt-limit talks were “very constructive,” according to President Obama. But with party leaders still far apart on a number of issues, Obama will reconvene the group Sunday in hopes of reaching a deal before the administration’s Aug. 2 deadline. Rank-and-file lawmakers are growing impatient with the pace of progress. … More

    Sudan: Congress Moves to Block Obama's "Cookies and Gold Stars" Approach

    The Obama Administration has pursued an incentive plan for Sudanese President Omar al Bashir to try and secure his cooperation and support for the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Sudan and the nascent independent state of Southern Sudan. One of the Obama Administration’s preliminary offers was the removal of Sudan … More