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Archive January 2017

CTA Brussels Briefings on Regional Trade in Africa

Brussels – The CTA, in partnership with the the EU Commission, the EU Presidency, the ACP Group of States, Concord, and other partners will organise the next Brussels Development Briefing on the subject of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities”. This 47th edition of the Brussels Briefings will take place on 3rd February 2017 at ACP Secretariat headquarters.

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What Trump’s policies mean for Somalia and security in East Africa

If Al Shabbab seems less fleet-footed and lethal today than it did a year and a half ago, part of the credit must go to the US. It now looks like President Trump — who is breathtakingly naïve about the threat that Al Shabaab-like groups pose — wants the review in order to cut back US involvement in Somalia. This would be a strategic and costly long-run mistake for US policy in the Horn of Africa.

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Europe’s refugee colonialism

In August 2015 when Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel declared an open-door policy for Syrian refugees — the first and only European country to do so — it seemed possible Europe would take a different course on migration. A year and a half later, it’s as if that moment never occurred.

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Gambia: Adama Barrow is back!

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After weeks of a political impasse, The Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow returned home yesterday. Barrow landed at the airport in the capital Banjul. Dressed in flowing white robes called the “Haftan,” Barrow shook hands with elders and senior members of his coalition government on the tarmac.

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28th AU Summit: ECOWAS raised the bar, but will others follow?

The decision by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deploy a military force into Gambia to force President Yahya Jammeh to step down has been widely hailed by democrats. According to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the African Union should bolster the means and willpower of regions to use their militaries to enforce democracy.

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Decades-Old U.S. Sanctions on Sudan Lifted

United Nations – Among his final actions, President Obama lifted U.S. sanctions against Sudan, a move welcomed by some. On January 13, the Obama administration announced its change to the 20-year old policy, stating that it is “easing” comprehensive unilateral sanctions on Sudan.

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