Council on Foreign Relations

Does the BRICS Group Matter?

The emerging BRICS economies agree that the West should hold less sway in the global economy. But their leaders, despite regular summits, have failed to articulate a coherent vision because of divergent interests, says journalist Martin Wolf.


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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.
Tuesday, 09-16-14White House Fact Sheet: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West AfricaPresident Barack Obama spoke with health experts at the Center for Disease Control on September 16, 2014, and the White House relased this fact sheet to outline U.S. actions to combat Ebola in West Africa and to contain its spread, including sending health workers, military forces, and medical supplies, funding vaccine development, and supporting public service announcements and education about the disease.
Tuesday, 09-16-14Can the US Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa accelerates beyond the capacity to count its toll, an unprecedented escalation in global support is evident, led by U.S. President Barack Obama's call for U.S. military intervention. In this op-ed for Foreign Policy, Laurie Garrett argues, "Nothing short of heroic, record-breaking mobilization is necessary at this late stage in the epidemic."
Monday, 09-08-14African Union Decision on the Ebola Virus Disease OutbreakIn August 2014, African Union (AU) established the AU Support to Ebola Outbreak in West-Africa (ASEOWA) mission to send health personnel from Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Ethiopia to effected countries in West Africa. The African Union Executive Council released an official decision about AU reponse to the Ebola epidemic on September 9, 2014, and the first deployment of volunteers will go to Liberia, followed by a deployment to Sierra Leone.
Tuesday, 09-02-14Remarks by Médecins Sans Frontières International President at UN Special Briefing on EbolaDr. Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières, spoke at UN Special Briefing on Ebola on September 2, 2014. Dr. Liu lists priorities as "scaling up isolation centers; deploying mobile laboratories to improve diagnostic capabilities; establishing dedicated air bridges to move personnel and equipment to and within West Africa; and building a regional network of field hospitals to treat suspected or infected medical personnel."
Thursday, 08-28-14World Health Organization: Ebola Response RoadmapThe World Health Organization (WHO) issued this roadmap for scaled-up response to the Ebola outbreak and for coordinated international support. WHO states that it aims to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries (particularly Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone) within 6-9 months and prevent international spread.
Thursday, 08-14-14Heartless but Effective: I've Seen 'Cordon Sanitaire' Work Against EbolaThe governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have escalated their counterattack on the Ebola virus, imposing cordons sanitaires aimed at isolating entire regions of their countries in hopes of containing the enemy. Although many in the media accuse these governments of being inhumane or overly severe, Laurie Garrett pulls from her experience in the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in Kikwit, Zaire to show that these dramatic steps can work.
Thursday, 08-14-14You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About EbolaLaurie Garrett explains that experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this current Ebola outbreak. If Ebola hits Lagos, the needs for international assistance will grow exponentially.
Tuesday, 08-12-14Investing in Africa: How the U.S. Can Play Catch-UpJendayi Frazer argues that while President Obama's announcement to invest in African economies is significant, it must be supplemented if the U.S. is going to make Africa a strategic point.
Monday, 08-11-14What’s Next for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit?The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit shifted the U.S. perception of how it engages with Africa, but was missing a vital component to success—human rights. Amelia M. Wolf argues that if the Obama administration wants to be "central" to development of Africa, as it has claimed, it must support the development of institutions for justice and the rule of law in collaboration with African states, and now is the perfect opportunity to do so.

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