Law and Institutions

The Economic Promise of the East African Railway

July 16, 2014 by Patrick Malone
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The East African Railway will connect East Africa from Mombasa, Kenya to Bujumbura, Burundi, inaugurating a new age of African infrastructure investment. But will the East African Community be able to overcome the challenges to completing the project?

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Africa Rising

July 11, 2014 by Robert Rotberg
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Robert I. Rotberg was Academic Vice President of Tufts University before becoming President of Lafayette College and returning to Harvard University. He is the Founding Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Intrastate Conflict and President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. Among his books are Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities (2013) and Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World (2012). He blogs as Africa and Asia: the Key Issues.

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South Sudan’s Preventable Crisis

July 8, 2014 by Christopher Zambakari
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The donor community assumption in South Sudan equates development with stability, leading to a focus on delivering services at the expense of aiding the growth of a stable nation. This technical exercise failed to view nation building for what it really is—a political process.

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Politics and Productivity Growth in Africa

June 17, 2014 by Steven Block
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Economic and political reforms have been critical for Africa’s recent economic growth. Yet recent political trends on the continent raise concerns of backsliding in the near future.

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Africa’s Fragile Boom

June 10, 2014 by Alex de Waal
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Sub-Saharan Africa has recovered from the brink of financial collapse in the 1980s and 1990s. The continent has been posting impressive growth rates for more than a decade, but there is a good reason to fear that the boom may be fragile.

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Dismantling the Sectarian Narrative

June 10, 2014 by Mowaffak Al-Rubaie
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For centuries, sectarianism has played a pivotal role in shaping the social, economic, security, and political relationships between and within various Muslim countries. Over time, the differences deepened to the extent that the two sects have engaged in all out warfare.

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