Regions / Africa
A shuffling of the Fund's voting shares slashed Africa's already minimal decision-making power. While unfair, the move is just a symptom of what's wrong with the IMF.
Poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa won't come through a quick fix.
How about kicking UN peacekeeping up a notch? A rapid response unit is needed now more than ever.
Historic peace talks currently underway in Uganda are the best opportunity to end Africa's longest running war. Yet the Bush administration has been ambiguous about the U.S. position on the talks.
Is Somalia rapidly turning into this years Afghanistan, with the Islamic Courts in the role of the Taliban and Ethiopia as the unilateral invader?
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.