Category: Regions

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…

King Abdullah’s Reforms: Concession, Innovation, or Deception?

With an international push to “modernize”, and domestic pressure for more moderation, King Abdullah is expressing his new vision for Saudi Arabian women. In 2013, women will serve on Saudi Arabia’s majlis al-shura (the advisory branch of Saudi government); they…

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…