West Africa Archive

37(4) Summer 2016, Caribbean, Eastern Africa, Economics, Features, Human Rights, Middle East, North Africa, Politics, Security, West Africa

Moving Targets: The Evolution and Future of Smart Sanctions

The phrase “modern warfare” brings to mind high-tech weapons, pervasive surveillance, and murky borders — not necessarily economic policy. However, as the weapons, strategies,...
A map of the Israeli-occupied West Bank - photo courtesy of Human Rights Watch
Human Rights, Middle East, Perspectives, Politics, West Africa

Responsible Business in Occupied Territories

For more than a decade, there has been growing recognition that companies must respect human rights. That perspective was institutionalized when the United Nations...
London, 11th July 2012. Melinda Gates  speaking at the opening of the London Summit on Family Planning
36(4) Summer 2015, Africa, Asia, Health, Human Rights, Interviews, Politics, South Asia, West Africa

Contraceptives on the Global Agenda: Melinda Gates

The Harvard International Review sat down with Melinda Gates to discuss her work in making contraception and family planning available in underdeveloped countries through...
36(4) Summer 2015, Central America, Current Feature, East Asia, Eastern Africa, Economics, Environment, Features, Politics, Security, South America, Southern Africa, West Africa

Crime Gone Wild: The Dangers of the International Illegal Wildlife Trade

What widely illegal powdered substance possesses a market value approaching US$100,000 per kilogram? A common guess would be cocaine. However, the answer is actually...
US and African troops participate in a ceremony for US Army Africa's exercises Natural Fire 10 in Uganda in 2009. One of the principal missions of US Army Africa is to promote security and stability in Africa. By United States Army, Public Domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(3) Spring 2015, Africa, Central Africa, Current Feature, Eastern Africa, North Africa, North America, Perspectives, Politics, Security, Southern Africa, West Africa

Have US Priorities in Africa Changed: Do Security Concerns Trump Others?

At the end of the first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit on August 7, 2014, President Obama declared that it had been an “extraordinary event,” citing the accomplishments...
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Africa, Featured, Health, Perspectives, Politics, Security, West Africa

Can a Post-Crisis Country Survive in the Time of Ebola? Issues Arising with Liberia’s Post-war Recovery

Overview We suspect that the first case of the current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) began with the illness of a two-year old...
Rescuers carry a body recovered from a burnt shop at the scene of twin bomb blasts at terminus market in the central city of Jos on May 21, 2014. Twin car bombings in central Nigeria killed at least 118 people and brought entire buildings down. Photo Courtesy Diariocritico de Venezuela, accessed via CC2.0
Africa, Blog, Central Africa, Politics, West Africa

Nigeria Left Unabated: The Politics of Tomorrow Must Give Way to the Priorities of Today

Despite the multitude of differences that distinguish us, Nigerians on the whole pride themselves on their unwavering faith: a shared commitment to the ingrained...
Africa, Blog, Featured, Health, Perspectives, West Africa

Ebola: The Teaching and Learning Moment

Winston Churchill famously said, “never let a good crisis go to waste”. The Ebola crisis in West Africa is not a good crisis. It...
Technology and innovation could hold the key to Nigeria's economic future. By futureatlas.com, CC BY-2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Africa, Blog, Economics, West Africa

Nigeria and Harnessing the Innovation Boom

This week we celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Day. And today, despite coming Federal elections that may divide us, a united battle against militant insurgency, efforts to...
Blog, Politics, West Africa

The threat of election violence in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is hardly ever a topic of conversation around the planning tables of world politics. A poor, landlocked country in West Africa, it...