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By Scott Firsing Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:44
Many across the African continent have not always viewed America in a positive light. After years of a non-coherent strategy full of aid and security concerns, and a relative lack of attention from the US policymaker's perspective, we are witnessing a new era in US-Africa relations where Washington truly appears committed for the long haul.
By Fritz Nganje Saturday, 03 May 2014 17:10
Nigeria kicked off celebrations for its centenary anniversary as a unified country on 27 February 2014 with an international conference that brought together more than 20 heads of state and government, most of them from Africa. The theme of the one-day conference – Human Security, Peace and Development: Agenda for 21st Century Africa – was also focused on Africa. This is significant not only because it highlights the exemplary leadership role that once defined Nigeria's image on the continent, but more importantly because in most respects the history of Nigeria embodies the rise and fall of the African dream. A century after the creation of Nigeria, first as a British colony and later as an independent entity, do Nigerians have reason to celebrate?
By Francis A. Kornegay, Jr. Thursday, 24 April 2014 16:50
As asserted previously in my piece There will be no BRICS laid in Ukraine, the Cold War never ended. It went into remission as western triumphalism overwhelmed a prostrate post-Soviet Russia. Fast forward to 2014, one hundred years after the Great War, the first of two European civil wars. Are we on the eve of yet another?
By Kenny Dlamini Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:28
In the present context of international relations, cooperation between Asian and African countries remains critical linked to the increasing nature of cooperation between Africa and Asia.1 On the 1st March 2014, South Africa's Minister of International Relations & Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, visited Indonesia to attend a conference on Cooperation Amongst East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development. She attended the meeting in her capacity as a co-chair of the New Asia Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP), an initiative that sets out to strengthen the relationship of the Asia-Africa continents.
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