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July 1, 2021
The Biden administration’s appointment of Jeffrey Feltman as U.S. Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa is an attempt to revamp relations between Africa and the U.S. Ties grew cold during the Trump administration. Feltman is faced with the challenges of internal conflicts in Ethiopia and Sudan and the ever-escalating conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia.
July 6, 2021
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan gives reason to reflect on the opposition to military participation in nation building by former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. He first opposed it during the Balkan wars, then later in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, his resistance made unavoidable military involvement more difficult and less successful.
June 28, 2021
The humanitarian crisis in Central Africa is growing as a result of a military counter-offensive against armed groups that attacked forces loyal to the Government early this year. There has been wide-scale conflict-related sexual violence, militarization of schools and hospitals, and use of explosive devices since then.
June 25, 2021
Historically, the Middle East has tapped both the U.S. and European arms suppliers, but China is gradually entering the scene. China is already the largest foreign investor and trading partner for many countries in the region. Now, it’s aiming at the Middle East’s defense market.
June 15, 2021
Since President Biden took office in January, the U.S. has shifted its attention from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific. This leaves Syria in a tenuous position.