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Commentary & Analysis

Paul Farmer on Ebola’s Lessons for COVID-19

Deep Dish Podcast

The Partners in Health co-founder explains why inequality or material constraints—rather than social differences—are the defining factor of whether outbreaks turn into pandemics.

Sierra Leonean doctors practice wearing protective clothing in the Ebola Training Academy in Freetown

Ethiopia’s Fate Threatens Regional Stability

Deep Dish Podcast

Ethiopia's brewing civil conflict could have a broader impact on the region's politics and US policies towards the continent.

Women carry laundry on the border of Ethiopia and Somalia
Global Politics


Considering a Soil Initiative for Africa

Policy Brief

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
Council expert Roger Thurow