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Violence in Nigeria: Clashes Between Armed Forces and Shia Muslims

November 10, 2018

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Written by Andrew Allen Over the last half decade, there have been several incidents of violence between Nigerian security forces and the Shia group known as the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). The IMN, are led by the cleric Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Originally from the northern city of Zaria, El-Zakzaky is a self-professed admirer of the […]

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Chinese Loans: A Low Conditionality Trap?

October 28, 2018

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Written by Andrew Allen Chinese low conditionality approach to infrastructure loans in Africa has been billed as a great opportunity for developing nations in the region to achieve economic development and growth that would otherwise not be possible. However, despite representing what one Ugandan economist described as an “unrivalled willingness to avail unconditional capital to […]

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China’s Economic Advances in Africa

October 13, 2018

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Written by Andrew Allen Background During much of the 20th century, Sino-African economic relations were a minor feature of Chinese foreign policy. In the 1960s, China encouraged a small amount of investment and trade between the two regions to promote solidarity among “Third World” nations (Muekalia, 2004). However, following a quarter century of economic growth […]

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News in Africa October 5th

October 8, 2018

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Written by Andrew Allen   Ethnic Violence, Insurgency, and Conflict -(Cameroon)Anglophone Crisis Looms Ever Cameroon’s Presidential Election, Al Jazeera, October 4, 2018 Upcoming Cameroonian elections have been plagued with violence as President Paul Biya, who has held office since 1982, seeks re-election. Separatist groups in the two Anglophone regions of the nation are boycotting the […]

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The Iran-Al Qaeda Connection

February 25, 2012

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This past week has seen Al-Qaeda rise after a period of weakening and transition. After losing a number of its leadership, most notably Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, it was thought that the organization would be further crippled until it could no longer operate effectively. However its recent actions in Iraq, Somalia, and possibly […]

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