THE ARMED FORCES OF LIBERIA TODAY

The western African nation of Liberia underwent a period of significant unrest and violent beginning with a military coup in 1980 and culminated with a very bloody civil war in 2003, which saw the ouster and exile of an autocratic leader. Under watch of the United Nations Mission to Liberia, the nation successfully transitioned to […]

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS AFRICAN SECURITY

The United States Institute of Peace found a ‘basic casual mechanism’ linking climate change to political violence in Nigeria Last month, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the matter of climate change, where he correctly noted that “we have to respond militarily very often to […]

FORECASTING THE 2019 SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTIONS

Democracy in South Africa is still fairly young. … The people of South Africa are still not enjoying the fruits of prosperity or economic growth As South Africa faces its May 2019 Presidential elections, the nation finds itself at a crossroads. Support for the African National Congress, the party of Mandela that ushered in post-Apartheid […]

THE COMPLEX POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN NIGERIA

Elections in Nigeria are not about issues. They are about personality and personal and ethnic alliances A BETTER PEACE welcomes Ambassador John Campbell to the studio to discuss the upcoming Nigerian elections and describe the very complex political and social landscape in Nigeria. Contrary to the mythical ‘north-south’ divide, Nigeria comprises about 350 different ethnic […]

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE “NEW” U.S. STRATEGY FOR AFRICA

The new strategy seems far less a “strategy” and much more akin to a “philosophy” for engagement in Africa The Trump Administration’s new “Africa Strategy” has gotten a lot of press, much of it negative, since National Security Advisor John Bolton announced it on December 13th, 2018 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.  The […]

WHAT IS THE STATE OF U.S. RELATIONS WITH AFRICA?

One in five people on the planet by 2050 will be an African. One in ten will be a Nigerian. You have tremendous potential. … And it all depends on one thing. It’s a question of governance. With North Korea and other national security challenges dominating headlines, Africa is garnering less attention than before. So […]