With South Sudan Finally Truly Independent, Time to Focus on Governance

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by Herman J. Cohen The half-century war between North and South Sudan is finally over. Wait a minute. How can one say that the war is finally over? Wasn’t there a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) brokered by the United States… Continue Reading  

Evaluating the US Military Pivot to Africa

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by Nick Turse It’s rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire conflicts since 9/11,… Continue Reading  

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics…and AFRICOM

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by Nick Turse General David Rodriguez might be a modern military celebrity — if he hadn’t spent his career ducking the spotlight. After graduating from West Point in 1976, he began his long march up the chain of command, serving… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump in South Sudan

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by Nick Turse I’m sitting in the dark, sweating. The blinding white sun has long since set, but it’s still in the high 90s, which is a relief since it was above 110 earlier. Slumped in a blue plastic chair,… Continue Reading  

Extremism Spreads to Chad

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by Alexander Hurst Chadian markets are a hectic blend of sun, sweating bodies, swatting flies, sandy red earth, the drone of different dialects, the exhaust from motorbikes, and the creative tension of bargaining in progress. Last weekend however, just such… Continue Reading