council on african security and development

Current Affairs


Another Good riddance in the ranks of African Leadership; Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Resigns.

Feb 18, 2018
As more misplaced, misassigned, and morally bankrupt African leaders are systemically forced out of office, the continent may in fact have a brighter future...

Cyril Ramaphosa gets to rule South Africa; He would need help

Feb 17, 2018
Kevin Sieff. Ramaphosa was elected by Parliament as South Africa’s president Thursday, marking a turning point for the country after the slow-motion collapse of the once-legendary ruling party under Jacob Zuma...

Another Embarrassment Ends for Africans as Zuma Departs

Feb 16, 2018
In his excellent piece on the exit of Jacob Zuma from the political landscape of South Africa, Ambassador Campbell, once again, gives unimpeacheable and compelling reasons for his forced departure...

President Trump Attacks African and Haitian Immigration to the United States

Jan 13, 2018
John Campbell. American media is reporting that, during a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress on immigration matters on January 11, President Donald Trump asked why the United States should accept immigrants from Haiti and African states, which he characterized as “shithole countries...

Development and Security Matters


Bridging the leadership gap in Africa

Feb 22, 2018
Syerramia Willoughby. What is Ubuntu? Is it a radical or benign concept? Ubuntu is a traditional African philosophy which means “I am, because we are”...

Many Developing Countries Are Trapped: Few Can Climb The Economic Ladder

Feb 17, 2018
Maria A. Arias, Yi Wen. The low- or middle-income trap phenomenon has been widely studied in recent years...

Maritime Security and African development

Feb 17, 2018
Carlos Lopes. Africa boasts of an abundance of natural resources, in particular aquatic and marine resources, with a potential that has not yet been fully tapped in the context of economic growth and sustainable development...

Centralized electricity supply must now end; the dawn of the mini-grids

Jan 07, 2018
As the world moves inexorably towards clean energy, and just as steadfastly sheds its dependence on fossil fuels, the pace at which policy makers and actors in the private sector are facilitating this transformation is agonizingly slow for millions in developing countries without access to electricity...

Academic Papers

The Cost And Benefit of Globalization: Who Are The Beneficiaries?

Jan 07, 2018
John Ikerd. Globalization has become a major public issue over the past decade.  Most of the recent controversy has centered on the World Trade Organization (WTO)...

Sovereignty Matters: Africa, Donors And The Aid Relationship

Jan 05, 2018
William Brown. This article critiques the predominant opinion that aid undermines the sovereignty of African states...

Why Doesn’t Capitalism Flow to Poor Countries?

Jan 05, 2018
Rafael Di Tella and Robert MacCulloch. Abstract. We find anecdotal evidence suggesting that governments in poor countries have a more left wing rhetoric than those in OECD countries...

To forgive or not to forgive: A timely question in an era of Terror

Jan 04, 2018
John O. Ifediora. Introduction. Simon Wiesenthal’s seminal narrative of his experiences as a Nazi concentration camp inmate is, at its core, an inquiry into the nature of human capacity to make decisions under conditions of extreme trauma...

Book Reviews


Poverty Traps

Feb 22, 2018
Samuel,Durlaf, and Hoff. Reviewed by M. Krul. "Poverty Traps" is a collection of research papers on the subject of, well, poverty traps, edited by Bowles, Durlauf and Hoff...

Comparative Economic Systems by H. Stephen Gardner

Jan 10, 2018
Comparative Economic Systems by H. Stephen Gardner This undergraduate/graduate course compares the economic systems of regions on the spectrum from free market to communism...

Connections by James Burke

Jan 10, 2018
Connections by James Burke. Connections explores an Alternative View of Change (the subtitle of the series) that rejects the conventional linear and teleological view of historical progress...

Dead Aid: Why Aid is not working

Jan 03, 2018
By Dambisa Moyo. Review By Jane Wales. As the global financial crisis unfolds, those least responsible—our world’s poor—will be most affected...