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Monday, 11-25-13How does Nigeria's Boko Haram affect U.S. foreign policy in the region?The response to Boko Haram and other "jihadist" insurgencies is shaping U.S. foreign policy toward Nigeria and the Sahel. But despite rhetoric to the contrary, the region remains a marginal U.S. priority. Wednesday, 11-20-13Third Africa-Arab Summit: Kuwait Declaration, November 2013Ministers from African and Arab countries attended the third Africa-Arab Summit, under the theme "Action Partnership in Development and Investment," held in Kuwait, November 19 and 20, 2013. Monday, 11-11-13Teaching Module: Nigeria: Dancing on the BrinkThis module, with Teaching Notes by author and CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell, feature discussion questions, essay questions, activities, and additional materials for educators to supplement the use of the CFR book Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink (updated edition) in the classroom. In this book, Ambassador Campbell examines the country's postcolonial past and offers policy options for the United States to help promote political, social, and economic development in Nigeria. Wednesday, 11-06-13Project Syndicate: South Africa Breaks Out"International investment agreements are once again in the news. The United States is trying to impose a strong investment pact within the two big so-called "partnership" agreements, one bridging the Atlantic, the other the Pacific, that are now being negotiated. But there is growing opposition to such moves." Wednesday, 11-06-13Irish Times: Somalia Starts to Pick Up the Pieces"For the first time in a very long time, people here have hope," says Liban Mahdi, one of scores of diaspora Somalis who have returned to Mogadishu since al-Shabaab were routed from the city by African Union and Somali forces in August 2011. Parts of the battle-scarred capital are experiencing a construction boom, with hospitals, homes, schools, shops and hotels rising from once rubbled neighbourhoods. Streets hum with cars and hawkers. "We have traffic jams in Mogadishu now," says Ismail, who works in construction. "I never imagined I would see that here." Tuesday, 11-05-13Investing in Africa: New Opportunities and ChallengesWatch this meeting live on Tuesday, November 5, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET).
Jay Ireland and Bisa Williams discuss investing in Africa. Friday, 10-18-13National Geographic: The War for Nigeria"In the national collective consciousness, Boko Haram has become something more than a terrorist group, more even than a movement. Its name has taken on an incantatory power. Fearing they will be heard and then killed by Boko Haram, Nigerians refuse to say the group's name aloud, referring instead to 'the crisis' or 'the insecurity.'" Wednesday, 10-09-13HBO History Makers Series with Mo IbrahimWatch this meeting live on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET).
Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and member of CFR's Global Board of Advisers, discusses good governance and leadership in Africa. Wednesday, 10-09-13The Guardian: How The US Raid On Al-Shabaab In Somalia Went Wrong"What had been invisible to Sheikh and other residents of Barawe was the stealthy advance of navy Seal team six – the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan – in a speedboat towards the Somalian coastline before first light. The team consisted of about 20 Seals, according to leaked accounts, and their craft was flanked on the Indian Ocean by three small boats to provide back-up." Friday, 10-04-13National Geographic: The Price of Precious"Militia-controlled mines in eastern Congo have been feeding raw materials into the world's biggest electronics and jewelry companies and at the same time feeding chaos. Turns out your laptop—or camera or gaming system or gold necklace—may have a smidgen of Congo's pain somewhere in it."
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