Category: Africa

HSBC: From Ecstasy Dealers to an Israeli Arms Dealer

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From 2002 until 2007 at least, HSBC Private Bank was the scene of an alliance between Atlanta-based ecstasy dealers and an Israeli arms trafficker, former Al-Qaeda supplier and money launderer for Mexican cartels. Night was falling over an Atlanta suburb…

The Prospects of Democratic Consolidation in Tunisia

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The recent elections mark a milestone in Tunisia’s transitional democracy. For many, the success story of the Arab Spring is on the path to democratic consolidation. The nascent democracy has undergone numerous transitions in the past few years. Following the ousting of…

Ebola: Bilan & Avenir

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À l’heure où le Libéria annonce la fin de l’état d’urgence sur l’Ebola et la fin de l’épidémie au sein de la RDC est déclarée par ses autorités, il semble que le combat contre le virus porte enfin ses fruits. L’épidémie qui a vu…

Paving the Way: Algeria in Transition

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  With the ailing Bouteflika increasingly absent from the political scene, talks of his succession and the future transitional period of the country pervades political discourse in Algeria. Uncertainty concerning presidential succession and the resulting consequences of a cabinet reshuffle…

What the United States could learn from the French intervention in Mali

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In 2012 a Tuareg organization, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) unilaterally declared the independence of Azawad, a territory in the North of Mali, which allowed fundamentalist groups, in a not-so-new turn of events, to hijack the…