Obama, in Africa, Will Need to Balance Agenda, Ex-Envoys Say

Obama, in Africa, Will Need to Balance Agenda, Ex-Envoys Say

Monday, July 20, 2015

By: USIP Staff

Six years after Barack Obama first visited sub-Saharan Africa as a presidential messenger of democracy, he faces a more complicated task in turning back to the continent next week. Obama hosts Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, on July 20, and then flies to Kenya and Ethiopia. As he does, the continent’s security threats and its urgent need to address ongoing poverty are forcing him to balance priorities and messages, say two former assistant secretaries of state now at the U.S. Insti...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Violent Extremism; Economics & Environment

Voting in Fear

Voting in Fear

Thursday, November 1, 2012

By: Dorina A. Bekoe; editor

In Voting in Fear, nine contributors offer pioneering work on the scope and nature of electoral violence in Africa; investigate the forms electoral violence takes; and analyze the factors that precipitate, reduce, and prevent violence. The book breaks new ground with findings from the only known dataset of electoral violence in sub-Saharan Africa, spanning 1990 to 2008. Specific case studies of electoral violence in countries such as Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria provide the context to further un...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Dies after Illness

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

By: Jonathan Temin

On August 20, Ethiopia’s long-time prime minister, Meles Zenawi, died from an illness. USIP’s Jon Temin examines what it means for Ethiopia, the two Sudans and U.S. interests in the region.

On the Issues: Somalia

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

David Smock is interviewed on Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia, and event that thrusted Somalia back into the international spotlight.

Getting In

Getting In

Friday, September 1, 2006

By: Mohammed O. Maundi; I. William Zartman; Gilbert M. Khadiagala; Kwaku Nuamah

This penetrating study of successful mediation in a half-dozen violent conflicts across the African continent focuses on a hitherto neglected dimension of mediation and the motivations of the parties in conflict—and of the mediators themselves—in initiating the mediation option.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue