TOPIC: WOMEN

Women Break the Ice for Peace in Guinea-Bissau

Since attaining independence from Portugal, in 1973, Guinea-Bissau has had almost a dozen presidents, none of whom has managed to finish his mandate. Recurring coups, assassinations and political turmoil at the elite level have contributed to a landscape of instability and underdevelopment and vulnerability to organized crime, especially the illegal drug trade. However, unlike some … Read more

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West African Businesswomen: Stay Fearless in Your Ventures

Woman at food stall in Douala, Cameroon.

For a half year, I published Neue Afrique, a digital newsletter that explored business developments in the Economic Community of West African States, known as Ecowas, reaching more than 1,600 diplomats, development analysts, international civil servants, institutional investors and entrepreneurs. Neue Afrique, which involved low start-up and operating costs, acted as a prelude to my … Read more

Peacekeeping Force in Mali May Include Non-African Troops

Malian soldiers training at the Koulikori camp.

The new United Nations peacekeeping mission to be activated on July 1 in Mali will have not only a huge contingent of West African soldiers, who are training there right now, but could also have on board Brazilians, Chinese and Indian troops and, possibly, some Bangladeshis, according to a source with ties to the mission. … Read more

France’s Intervention in Mali Just Got More Complicated

Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania.

In its fifth day, France’s air assault against Al Qaeda-related militias and other regional Islamic extremists continues to rattle central Mali and the de fact border region separating the country from its northern territory, which was seized by a range of terrorist groups last spring. Contrary to France’s assertion earlier this week, it said more … Read more

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