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FINANCIAL TIMES 28 December 2018 by DAVID PILLING Revamped relationship with the continent could mean more investment and less aid US national security adviser John Bolton: ‘Under our new approach every decision we make, every policy we pursue and every dollar of aid we spend will further US priorities’...

EYEWITNESS NEWS 28 December 2018 China and the United States’ global Cold War has an increasingly important theatre: Africa. On different metrics, Uncle Sam and the Middle Kingdom can claim to be the continent’s biggest player. In 2019, China will pull ahead. The United States has $57 billion of FDI stock, United Nations data shows, narrowly ahead of Britain and France. But...

EIN NEWSDESK 19 December 2018 End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this mission, staff will prepare a...

THE WASHINGTON POST 14 December 2018 by PATRICK MARTIN When unveiling the Trump administration’s new Africa policy on Thursday, national security adviser John Bolton made a point to speak about a single container port in the tiny East African nation of Djibouti. Officials say the Doraleh Container Terminal is critical for resupplying the only permanent U.S. base in Africa,...

DAILY NATION 14 December 2018 by JOHN BOLTON In Summary As part of our new Africa strategy, the United States will also reevaluate its support for U.N....

JAPAN FORWARD 13 December 2018 by YOSHINARI KUROSE A2AD, Asian and Pacific Security, China’s expansionism, China’s navy, debt diplomacy, east china...

ASIA TIMES 5 December 2018 by MARSHALL AUERBACK At the end of World War II, much of Europe was in shambles and the continent was faced with the prospect of famine and years of future economic blight. Fortunately, the region’s prospects were transformed by the Economic Recovery Program (better known as the “Marshall Plan”), which injected billions of dollars into...

FUTURE DIRECTIONS 21 November 2018 by LINDSAY HUGHES Background At a time when international attention is focussed on the Trump-Xi power plays, other developments in its immediate neighbourhood have equally captured New Delhi’s attention. In the Maldives, the opposition leader, Ibrahim Solih, won the general election, which was conducted on 23 September, and was sworn...

THE ECONOMIC TIMES 2 November 2018 by NISID HAJARI Five years after Xi announced his Silk Road plans, the program still has plenty of boosters — especially...

AFRICA NEWS 3 November 2018 by ABDUR RAHMAN ALFA SHABAN United Nations Security Council, UNSC, is set to lift sanctions imposed on Eritrea, according to reports from the Councils most recent meeting. The move comes in the wake of the United States backing down on its long held stance that the sanctions remain in place. Eritrea has in the past accused the US of being behind...