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The Rise of Kenya's New Elite
Letter From Nyeri
David P. Sandgren
Summary: 
Kenya’s first postcolonial middle class is now in its mid-60s, retiring and settling into comfortable grandparenthood. Few would have predicted this outcome, especially for the Gikuyu, Kenya’s largest ethnic group, since this generation’s early years were filled with poverty and violence.
Kenya’s first postcolonial middle class is now in its mid-60s, retiring and settling into comfortable grandparenthood. Few would have predicted this outcome, especially for the Gikuyu, Kenya’s largest ethnic group, since this generation’s early years were filled with poverty and violence. Perhaps Kenya’s example can offer encouragement to others now caught in similar circumstances. SURVIVING MAU MAU

Al Shabab's Last Stand?
The Group Will Crumble -- but Its Message Will Survive
Paul Hidalgo
Summary: 
Last week’s deadly U.S. strike on Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al Shabab, could be the group’s undoing. Even so, the region is not out of the woods.
Last week’s deadly U.S. strike on Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al Shabab, could be the group’s undoing. Although the organization was quick to name a successor, Godane’s death has thrown it into disarray, casting serious doubts on its future. Although that augurs well for Somalia, the region is not out of the woods. Al Shabab’s extremist ideology has already taken root across East Africa. Without further action against al Shabab and groups like it, militant Islam will only spread further.   LEADERLESS JIHAD
With the head of this autocracy now dead, and other senior leaders either marginalized, arrested, in hiding, or executed, the chances that al Shabab will live on as a cohesive force are marginal at best.

Obama's Ebola Failure
How to do More for the Virus' Victims
Kim Yi Dionne
Summary: 
Fear of the Ebola virus and an out-of-control epidemic have made it easier for governments around the world to focus on security and military responses to public health solutions. Here's why that is a bad thing.
Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama released a video statement on the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In the video, Obama directed his comments to West Africans navigating the epidemic. He explained how Ebola is -- and isn’t -- spread and reiterated the United States’ commitment to providing assistance. “You are not alone,” he commented in closing. “Together we can treat those who are sick with respect and dignity. We can save lives. And our countries can work together to improve public health. . . .”
Obama has raised the alarm that the Ebola virus could become “a serious danger to the United States.” But the disease is already a serious danger to the many West Africans who are exposed to it.

Council on Foreign Relations

Monday, 10-06-14The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit - What’s Next?Dr. Jendayi Frazer explores four areas prominently featured during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which took place in Washington, DC in August 2014. She discusses how the Obama administration can help solidify the initial steps taken at the Summit for long-term U.S. involvement with the African continent.
Friday, 10-03-14Combating Ebola: What Can Africa Learn From China?Yanzhong Huang notes the limited public health infrastructure in certain West African countries that are currently battling the spread of Ebola, which is a similar phenomenon to that which occurred in China during the 2003 SARS outbreak. Dr. Huang stresses the importance of foreign aid, particularly Chinese funds, to slow the spread of Ebola but points out that dependence on foreign aid is ultimately an unsustainable public health strategy.
Wednesday, 10-01-14Media Conference Call: Ebola in the U.S. (Audio)Listen as Laurie Garrett, CFR senior fellow for global health, discusses the recent arrival of a traveler infected with Ebola in the United States, as well efforts to combat the virus's rapid spread throughout West Africa.
Wednesday, 10-01-14Media Conference Call: Laurie Garrett on EbolaLaurie Garrett, CFR's senior fellow for global health, discusses the recent arrival of a traveler infected with Ebola in the United States, as well as the virus' rapid spread throughout West Africa.
Monday, 09-29-14Ebola and West Africa: Three Things to KnowA greater international response is required to help West African governments overcome major logistical challenges in responding to Ebola, says CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell.
Monday, 09-29-14Hollow Words and an Exponential HorrorObama called the world to action against Ebola, but most countries are only paying lip service to the coming catastrophe. Laurie Garrett asks two questions about this newly announced war on Ebola in this article for ForeignPolicy.com: Will personnel and resources reach West Africa rapidly enough to dam the viral flow, and will the nations of the world learn from this disaster to build institutions and long-term targets that prevent pandemics in the future?
Wednesday, 09-24-14Confronting the Ebola OutbreakCFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett discusses the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the evolving global response with professors and students, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
Thursday, 09-18-14Epic Failures Feeding Ebola CrisisWest Africa's Ebola outbreak is outpacing current efforts to contain and combat it, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.

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