Trump’s Africa Policy Is a Continuation of Clinton’s, Bush’s, and Obama’s

by Herman J. Cohen President Trump’s Africa policy appears to be off to a bad start. First, there was the unfortunate leak of a remark made privately to a group of U.S. senators in February in which the President referred… Continue Reading  

US: Don’t Abandon Africa’s Fragile Democracies

by Larry Garber Sierra Leone is probably what Donald Trump has in mind when he characterizes Africa as a continent of “shithole” countries. The country is poor, with a per capita income of $1,497 and 60 percent of the population… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

by Durna Safarova The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption watchdog Transparency International to scale back its activities in the South Caucasus nation. The move is part of a long-running crackdown on the country’s civil-society sector.… Continue Reading  

Where is the Opening for Aid Reform?

by Diana Ohlbaum It’s hard to reconcile the optimism of the development community with the signals coming from the Trump administration. Sensing an opening for reform, think tanks and aid advocates have issued three new reports on how to strengthen… Continue Reading  

U.S. Suspends More Military Aid to Egypt, Arousing Scepticism

by Jim Lobe via IPS News The administration of President Barack Obama announced Wednesday it was freezing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Egyptian military pending “credible progress” toward a return to democratic rule.