Africa Update: From Guinea to Zambia - Voice of America

Friday, September 24, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

On this Africa edition of Encounter, Joshua Meservey, senior policy analyst for Africa and the Middle East at the Heritage Foundation and Oge Onubogu, director of the West Africa program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, discuss setbacks in democracy and good governance as exemplified by coups in Guinea and Mali, the need to strengthen regional institutions like ECOWAS and the African Union and the importance of fostering positive trends...

Democracy & Governance

Can the World Get Aid to Afghanistan? - The Diplomat

Friday, September 24, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

The troubled nation of Afghanistan, set in unforgiving deserts and the foothills of the Hindu Kush, is once again sagging under the yoke of a medieval-minded regime that enforces draconian punishments and gender rules that echo those of 16th or 17th century Europe. According to international experts trying to come up with a viable plan to help oppressed and underfed Afghans, the truth of Afghanistan in 2021 is significantly stranger than an imaginary dystopia...

Global Policy

Is There Such Thing as a Good Coup in Africa? - Pan African Visions

Friday, September 24, 2021

By: Jude Mutah

News Type: USIP in the News

Although not a new phenomenon in Africa, military takeovers or coups occurred with disturbing frequency over the last year, writes Dr. Jude Mutah, an Africa program specialist at the United States Institute of Peace and a Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). While experts argue that democracy is backsliding or shrinking in Africa, recent developments prompt the question: were democratic values ever really embedded...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Al-Shabaab And Chinese Trade Practices In Mozambique - War on the Rocks

Thursday, September 23, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

In 2020, eight Mozambican public officials and one Chinese national named Zhao were arrested for illegally harvesting and exporting timber from Cabo Delgado — Mozambique’s northernmost province — to China. According to local reports, five of the Mozambicans are awaiting trial while Zhao and three Mozambicans have been released, and the seized wood was...

Violent Extremism; Economics & Environment

NPR's History Podcast 'Throughline' Examines The Rise Of The Taliban - NPR

Thursday, September 23, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan over a month ago. The last time they rose to power was in 1996, promising order through a strict interpretation of Sharia law. But how did they become the dominant force in Afghanistan? Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei, hosts of NPR's History podcast Throughline, look at the origins of the Taliban, starting with the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan more than 40 years ago...

Violent Extremism