council on african security and development

Current Affairs

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Alas! An African country that defies expectations

Aug 11, 2019
John Ifediora. In the annals of African development tragedies, a singularly isolated thought that any country in the continent would gain and sustain traction in its development trajectory would be both anachronistic and devoid of rational expectations...

Nigeria’s past is a mirror image of its present

Jul 23, 2019
Editorial Commentary. One would be hard-pressed to notice a difference in Nigeria's state of affairs since this report was issued four years ago...
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Lords of Poverty; Graham Hancock.

Jul 23, 2019
Introduction by Ross Coggins. Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet I’m off to join the Development Set; My bags are packed, and I’ve had all my shots I have traveller’s checks and pills for the trots! The Development Set is bright and noble Our thoughts are deep and our vision global; Although we move with the better classes Our thoughts are always with the masses...
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Money Laundering and Trans-Organized Financial Crimes in Nigeria.

Jul 21, 2019
Owalabi Bakre.* Nigeria loses US$600 million annually to money laundering. Between the mid-1980s and 1999, Nigeria lost US$100billion to money laundering...

Development and Security Matters

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Why do nations invest in international aid? Ask Norway. And China.

Jul 03, 2019
Dan Banik and Nikolai Hegertun. How much are acts of generosity worth in international relations? For affluent countries, foreign aid has helped spread power and influence...
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Haven’t We Done This Before? Lessons From and Recommendations for Strategic Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Jun 10, 2019
Forum on China-Africa cooperation, 2015. Photo credit: Flickr/Government of South Africa. Judd Devermont* A trio of White House strategies have heralded the return of strategic competition between the United States and its adversaries, China and Russia, in sub-Saharan Africa...
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Africa Near the Bottom of World Bank’s New Human Capital Index

Jun 04, 2019
Ambassador John Campbell* The World Bank has recently released its Human Capital Index, part of the Human Capital Project...
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Why Norway is not panicking about the oil price collapse

Apr 07, 2019
Paul Buvarp. Norway’s petroleum sector is its most important industry. The petroleum sector accounts for 21...

Academic Papers

Globalization and International Civil Society: Is Human Rights still the Exclusive Preserve of States?

Jul 30, 2019
John Ifediora. Introduction The defeat of Germany in the Second World War, and the subsequent birth of the United Nations in 1945 ushered in the modern human rights regime...

To What Extent Does Economic Dependence Inform the Anachronistic Practice of Female Genital Circumcision in Africa?

Apr 06, 2019
John O. Ifediora. Abstract. Female genital circumcision is a procedure that requires the excision of some tissues that form the female genitalia...

Sovereignty Matters: Africa, Donors And The Aid Relationship

Apr 05, 2019
William Brown. This article critiques the predominant opinion that aid undermines the sovereignty of African states...

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

Apr 03, 2019
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)...

Book Reviews

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Economic Policy and Human Rights

Jul 23, 2019
Radhika Balakrishnan and Diane Elson. Economic Policy and Human Rights presents a powerful critique of three decades of neoliberal economic policies, assessed from the perspective of human rights norms...
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Lords of Poverty; Graham Hancock.

Jul 23, 2019
Introduction by Ross Coggins. Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet I’m off to join the Development Set; My bags are packed, and I’ve had all my shots I have traveller’s checks and pills for the trots! The Development Set is bright and noble Our thoughts are deep and our vision global; Although we move with the better classes Our thoughts are always with the masses...
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Smart Aid For African Development

Jul 03, 2019
Reviewed by: David Black. Richard Joseph and Alexandra Gillies, eds. Smart Aid for African Development...
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Sustainable Development and Human Rights in Africa

Apr 05, 2019
Picard, Buss, Seybolt, and Lelei. Many new development initiatives have been introduced in Africa over the past few decades...