• The Egyptian elections and their aftermath

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    Gerard Prunier

    It is a reality play , not a morality one , between one traditional Establishment (the Army , as inheritor of the old Turkish “hukum”) and an aspiring one basing itself on a highjacked vision of Islam (the Muslim Brotherhood) . The heart of the matter is that the deep Egyptian crowds want neither but are not capable of expressing themselves because they lack the organisational structures enabling them to translate their fundamental aspirations into a coherent political reality.

    Last Updated on Sunday, 22 July 2012 06:17
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  • Fast and Furious

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    Jonathan Dirda

    The size and sprawl of US diplomatic expeditions to Africa precede from impatience with the limits of US power and an ambition to hunt a bigger game than the mere symbolic collision of interests with Beijing.

    Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:16
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  • Sudan: The long-term View

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    Gerard Prunier

    This schizophrenia is at the root of a deep identity and existential anguish which makes the Northern Sudanese dangerously marginal Arabs, prone to reassert their dubious “identity” through the killing of Black “slaves”, in order to prove to the whole Muslim world that they, themselves, are NOT slaves. It is this schizophrenia which can explain how such mild and courteous people as the “Arab” Sudanese can so easily turn into genocidal monsters once they are faced with a Black African challenge to their “Arab” identity. 

    Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 08:21
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  • Deconstructing China-in-Africa

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    Dante Paradiso
    The more interesting question for Washington policymakers, and the
    question implicit in the preoccupation with the China-Africa dynamic,
    is what China's relations with African states and regional
    institutions may tell us more broadly about Chinese foreign policy in
    emerging regions. Toward that end, China's recent engagement in Africa
    is characterized by incrementalism, pragmatism and exceptionalism.

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:49
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  • The London Gathering and the Future of Somalia

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    In actual fact the London Conference ended up de-legitimising the two major
    players in the Somali political and armed conflict.

    Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:37
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