Africa Blog Roundup: US Strategy in Africa, Kenya and Somalia, the AU and Ethiopia, and More

Tom Murphy on the recently released “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” (.pdf).

Asch Harwood, “Evaluating the Failed States Index and U.S. Africa Policy”:

If you identify state failure not as a single incident but as a continuum of insecurity, alienation, and poverty, the Failed States Index provides a useful model.


The United States, therefore, might benefit by testing its foreign policy against the index’s findings, particularly for any “cognitive dissonance” between the USG’s image of a country that underpins that policy and the reality on the ground.

Dibussi Tande posts a video of his talk at a recent event on Boko Haram.

Lesley Anne Warner on Kenya’s invasion of Somalia: “The relative successes we’ve been seeing on the military fronts may not mean much if the political process falls apart or doesn’t result in increased stability across Somalia.”

Amb. David Shinn on VOA’s recent polling in Somalia.

Bruce Whitehouse reflects on a trip to Sikasso, in southern Mali (map), while Celeste Hicks writes that northern Mali is experiencing “a silent crisis”: “While all eyes are on the ongoing political stalemate in Bamako, and the growing radicalism of groups such as Ansar Dine, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and MUJAO (Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa) in the north of Mali, it’s easy to forget that 1.3 million Malians are facing drastic food shortages this year.”

Jason Mosley on land and violence in Ethiopia:

On April 28, five farm workers were killed and eight wounded in Gambella. Those attacked included five foreign nationals (Pakistanis), including one of the dead. The attack prompts the question of whether we are seeing a significant shift in the dynamics of large-scale land investments in Gambella, or Ethiopia?

Reuters Africa Blog: “Is [the] Africa Union justified in moving its summit to Ethiopia?”

What are you reading today?

6 thoughts on “Africa Blog Roundup: US Strategy in Africa, Kenya and Somalia, the AU and Ethiopia, and More

  1. Africa needs bold, risk tolerant actors, the US has no bold plans for Africa and isn’t risk tolerant.

    For all their faults, you cannot say the same about the Chinese.

    • I’m not sure what China or U.S. business plans in Africa have to do with this post. Unless of course you’re referring to land purchases. If so, then my response is that China should be prepared for possible blowback if it wants to significantly invest in Africa. You can’t invest in the continent and pretend that you aren’t involved. If China wants to invest they have the right, I just expect them to be aware that there might be consequences in the future.

      • China hasn’t purchased much land in Africa, point of correction.

        Buy this book; “Dead Aid” and read the chapter; “The Chinese are our Friends” to understand what I am talking about.

  2. I think Banda is merely positioning herself as “the development community’s good girl” – i.e. do every thing to please the major donors. It isn’t a sustainable strategy in this part of the World.

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