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China’s Belt and Road in Africa

China’s Belt and Road Initiative reaches to the coasts of northeastern Africa and to Djibouti and Ethiopia, echoing China’s voyages during the Ming imperial times. It holds strategic promise for China and positive developmental potential for parts of Africa that today have limited resources and, were it not for the Belt and Road Initiative, particularly … Continue reading

Mnangagwa Should be Bold Instead of Fiddling with the Petrol Price

  When economically challenged rulers try to run nations, especially fragile ones, they easily make mistakes. Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Khartoum and Omdurman for weeks to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s removal of subsidies that have long kept bread and fuel affordable. They seek his ouster. Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan insists on … Continue reading

Nurturing Responsible and Effective Political Leadership

In those developing world nations where positive human agency has led to good governance and a democratic political culture, institutions have grown and now rein in and check leaders, as in such places as Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa, and Taiwan. Indeed, the tide of accomplishment has recently turned. Much … Continue reading

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