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The Unlikely Contender to Dethrone Gabon's 50-year-Old Dynasty

August 29, 2016  •  Washington Post

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President Obama's Legacy in Africa Is A State of Mind

August 28, 2016  •  Newsweek

As President Barack Obama winds down his time in office, pundits around the globe, not just in Washington, will begin assessing the impact of his administration. Secretary of State John Kerry's stops in Kenya and Nigeria this week focused attention on the administration's record in Africa. In stark contrast to 2008, when Obama's unique personal history made his campaign for—and ultimate election to—the White House the cause for intense pride and excitement across the continent, many Africans today may well be tempted to shrug off the upcoming transition as they carry on with their lives. But if the Obama legacy does not include signature initiatives comparable to the enactment of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) under President Bill Clinton or the creation of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) by President George W. Bush, it would be a mistake to discount the change that has occurred during Obama's watch.

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King Affirms Africa as "Top Priority" in Moroccan Foreign Policy

August 22, 2016  •  AfricaSource

In a nationally-televised speech on August 20, Morocco's King Mohammed VI characterized Africa as the "top priority" of his country's foreign policy, emphasizing that "this multi-dimensional relationship puts Morocco in the center of Africa" and "Africa holds a special place in the heart of Moroccans." Coming just a month after the historic decision by the kingdom to seek to assume its place in the African Union after having quit the old Organization of African Unity over the latter's controversial admission of Western Sahara separatists three decades ago, the monarch's remarks reaffirmed a strategic orientation with significant implications not only for Morocco and other countries of the African continent, but also their global partners, including the United States.

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What Was Bibi Doing in Africa?

July 8, 2016  •  Newsweek

This week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the first sitting Israeli head of government to travel to Africa in more than twenty years, making stops in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. Although much of the media coverage of the trip has focused on the ceremony at Entebbe commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the daring rescue operation by Israeli commandos, the real story is the significant return of Israel in recent years to a continent that had been virtually closed to it for a long time.

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Africa and Brexit: Not All Bad News

June 28, 2016  •  New Atlanticist

Amid the global political and economic turmoil in the wake of last week's narrow decision by British referendum voters in favor of taking their country out of the European Union, there has been no shortage alarm about the potential toll of "Brexit" on Africa in terms of diminished trade, investment, and assistance. While there will undoubtedly be significant negative impact in the short-to-medium term, over the long run, the news may not be all bad from the African perspective.

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