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World Review: Ethiopia's Tigray Crisis, Lebanon's Decline, Rumsfeld

World Review

Kim Ghattas, Philip Stephens, and Julian Barnes join Ivo Daalder to discuss the week's top news stories.


Africa's Free Trade Economy


Council President's Club and leadership members are invited to engage in a private dialogue with Africa’s first Secretary-General of the AfCFTA, H.E. Wamkele Mene, on the landmark trade agreement and its global impact.

Parked trucks wait in 10km queue to cross the Kenyan-Ugandan border from the town of Busia

Commentary & Analysis

Africa Will Test Biden’s Democracy Approach

In the News
the Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

In Africa, “supplying and supporting abusive security forces often directly undermines democracy,” writes Elizabeth Shackelford in the Chicago Tribune.

Smoke billowing from a street in Kampala after an explosion.
US Foreign Policy

The Food Waste and Climate Connection

Global Food for Thought by Eden Merkle

If food waste were a country, it would be the world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China and the US.

A worker dumps pre-consumer food waste
Climate and the Environment


Considering a Soil Initiative for Africa

Policy Brief by David Nielson

This paper diagnoses the challenges faced by governments, international organizations and research institutions in mitigating and reversing the decline of soil quality in Africa.

Workers unload a truck of harvested cassava roots.
Food and Agriculture

​​Addressing China's Rising Influence in Africa

Policy Brief by Michael Tiboris

China’s growing contributions to African development should not automatically be feared, but their increased presence should create a recalibration in US approaches to development.

Chinese flag, Beijing, China.
International Development


Ian H. Solomon 

Nonresident Fellow, Africa
Council expert Ian H. Solomon
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Roger Thurow 

Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
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