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Protecting Justice or Picking on Africa? The AU and the ICC

African leaders concluded recently that they would not opt out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, many of them have demanded reforms. For example, some leaders have called for the ICC to avoid prosecuting sitting African heads of state.…

The Hidden War: Canada, Cartels and Transnational Crime

The global drug trade, which generates economic activity reaching $321 billion according to the United Nations (UN), has been a major source of violent conflict. This is especially true in Latin America, where Mexico in particular is responsible for violence that…

The Hard Truth of China’s Soft Power: Chinese Aid in Africa

In recent years, China has emerged as a significant economic and political player in Africa, committing $75 billion to aid and development projects since 2000 according to AidData. But what is driving China to make these mass contributions to African…

Disengagement or Drones? The American-African Security Relationship

Recently speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama posited that an American disengagement from world affairs would leave a dangerous security vacuum. Whether or not this alleged American withdrawal is real, African states are taking this potential security vacuum to…

Another Uganda Plan: Israeli Foreign Policy and East Africa

If one were to predict which state besides Kenya spoke out most strongly about the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on 21 September, Somalia might be a good guess; al-Shabaab, the attackers responsible, originated there. Ethiopia, which has been fighting…

South Africa-Canada Relations: Benefit in Moving Closer, Not Further Apart

In May, Governor General David Johnston, led a Canadian delegation to South Africa. There, he warned and called on Canada to fix the declining relationship between the two states. This pointed to the deterioration of an otherwise traditional relationship that had once seen Canada…

Syria and the Tehran Street: Rouhani and Iran’s New Foreign Policy

The recent standoff between Western powers and the Gulf Cooperation Council against the Assad regime’s principle allies, Russia and Iran, over the use of chemical weapons in Syria has polarized the Middle East and the international system between competing blocs.…