Dane Erickson
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Smart Diplomacy
Why Obama is Right to Visit Ethiopia

Engagement, not estrangement, is the best policy for influencing African states.

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Awakenings
The Rise of the African Street

Social media-savvy, disaffected urban youth are shaking traditional power structures across Africa—but this isn’t the Sub-Saharan version of the Arab Spring.

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Africa
The Nigerian Crack-up?

Nigeria’s upcoming national elections certainly will be contentious and most likely violent, but no matter who wins they’re not likely to change the country’s fundamental political and economic realities.

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The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
It’s Not Just About Competition with China

As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit draws near, some will undoubtedly bill it as the Obama Administration’s next move in an escalating competition with the Chinese in Africa. This oft-repeated and inaccurate platitude misrepresents both current geopolitical realities and commercial opportunities.

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Power and Weakness
Nigeria Showcases Problems, Promise of Rising Africa

In Nigeria, Boko Haram and #BringBackOurGirls are just one side of the story. As in much of Africa, terrorism, lawlessness, and state powerlessness exist alongside economic growth and rapidly declining poverty.

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