Regions / Africa
Cut global poverty in half by 2015? Not with the current mix of debt relief, U.S. trade policy, bureaucratic inertia, and greedy brokers.
The recent announcement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the United States will open an embassy in Libya was welcome news all around. Long overdue, the restoration of full diplomatic relations is a win-win situation for both Libya and the United States, as well as for other states in and out of the Middle East. The U.S. decision also marks a significant shift in the foreign policy of the Bush administration, a change most observers have overlooked.
The World Bank backed down in a dispute that illustrates what's wrong with lending to poor nations for oil and gas production.
Seeing Taylor in handcuffs has given great hope to victims of dictators the world over.
The African political landscape is being reshaped by women, generating hope for the future of the continent and raising the bar for democracy worldwide.
In 2006, as concern grows over the most pressing security threats, from HIV/AIDS and the bird flu to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, the U.S. will face increasing demands to adapt its Africa policy to address these contemporary challenges.
The "war on terror" disguises military aid that is more likely to be used against domestic political opponents.
France grows less welcoming to former colonial subjects.
The U.S. gets an opportunity in February to end the genocide.
Liberia's new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, will need more than photo-ops with the America's first female African-American secretary of State to lift her country out of the ruins of two decades of war.