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COUNTER-TERRORISM IN AFRICA: ONE STEP FORWARD TWO STEPS BACK

By J.C Abeck

 

Τhe ascendance of competitive powers [especially China and Russia’s influences in Africa] seem to be drifting U.S policy imperatives towards Africa as the Pentagon announces a new U.S Defense Strategy towards Africa. Until now, the United States foreign policy imperatives, particularly in relations with Africa, have been framed by four major pillars: first, the preservation of the Westphalian state system as the basic unit of the international legal and security order. In this context state collapse [particularly African] is a security threat. Second, economic assistance—aid, capacity building, and institutional enhancements. Third, energy security—in Africa, this relates to a small group of States. Lastly, global trade and commerce, relating to U.S assets and investments. In recent years, following the terrorist attack of 9/11, counterterrorism became a significant preoccupation of the United States in Africa.  In spite of what appears to be a positive relation [for some], the charges of neo-colonialism and imperialism have never faded away [at least for others]. Secretary Mattis’ pronouncement of a new U.S National Defense strategy

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Resilience of a Nation: A History of the Military in Rwanda.

By Frank Rusagara

Reviewed by Jean.C Abeck

At a time when all eyes are on Rwanda’s economic recovery, General Rusagara, a military historian, reminds his audience of the military’s turbulent history. While many observers of contemporary Rwanda focus on the 1994 genocide recovery, they often miss what defined its identity – the military as both a unifier and an agent of discord. Rusagara reminds us that for much of Rwanda’s history, from pre-colonial times to colonial, then post-independence, the military was the most consequential institution in the struggle for a Rwandan identity.

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Africa Reads | Book of the Week

 

LOVE, AFRICA: A MEMOIR OF ROMANCE, WAR, AND SURVIVAL

 

LOVE, AFRICA

A MEMOIR OF ROMANCE,

WAR, AND SURVIVAL

By Jeffrey Gettleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Madagascar beats Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, and France to Internet Speed.

 

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Did you know Niger is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of uranium? What does this mean for security in the Sahel?

Despite its raw material wealth,  Niger remains one of the poorest developing countries according to the United Nations Human Development Index (UNHDI). It is worth noting that Niger’s Uranium, taped from Arlit and Akoka mines near the border with Mali (located in the Tuareg county), provides 20% of the fuel for France’s 58 nuclear reactors which generate 75% of France’s electricity (Mark Langan 2018: 157). It underscores the region’s significance to Frances’s energy and security needs. Could the roots of the Malian crises and intervention by French forces be traced to Uranium mines in Niger?

 

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