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September 20 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Sat Sep 20 2014, 21:55:00

People to People (P2P) is a US-based, non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care and reducing the spread of disease in Africa, especially Ethiopia.  It has supporters throughout the Ethiopian diaspora and in Ethiopia.  It has recently created a new website at www.p2pbridge.org designed by Hermela Aregawi, a journalist with Aljazeera in New York. 

If you are interested in health care, check it out.

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September 19 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Fri Sep 19 2014, 16:21:00

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) published on 18 September 2014 an analysis titled "How Much Can China Offer in Africa's Ebola Crisis?" by Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the CFR.

After praising China for the recent assistance it provided to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to combat Ebola, the author took China to task for claims it is making about its ability to defeat Ebola.  In August, China surprised the world by announcing that it had successfully developed its first drug for treating Ebola.  In September, China said it had "mastered" the Ebola virus antibody gene, along with diagnostic reagents for the virus.  The author argued that given the lack of basic research, it is highly doubtful that China's first Ebola drug can be effective. 

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September 18 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Sep 18 2014, 14:10:00

Brookings in Washington published on 10 September 2014 a commentary titled "China and the Rising Terrorist Threats in Africa: Time for U.S.-China Cooperation?" by Yun Sun, visiting fellow at the Washington-based Africa Growth Initiative.

The author noted the two countries held in July 2014 a U.S.-China Counter-Terrorism Sub-Dialogue.  She concluded that China believes the U.S. war against terrorism gives Washington tremendous technical, intelligence, and operational advantages on counterterrorism issues that are increasingly relevant for China.  Consequently, China seeks U.S. cooperation for addressing Chinese security threats, but not necessarily those in Africa that are low on China's agenda.  The possibility for U.S.-China counterterrorism cooperation in Africa exists, but ...

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September 17 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Sep 17 2014, 19:35:00

The Joint Special Operations University at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida published in August 2014 a monograph titled "U.S. Military Deployments to Africa: Lessons from the Hunt for Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army" by James J.F. Forest, director of security studies program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  The goal of the study is to contribute to the effectiveness of future U.S. military teams deploying to sub-Saharan Africa. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Sep 17 2014, 09:30:00

The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University published in September 2014 a study titled "China-Africa Agricultural Co-operation: Mutual Benefits or Self-interest?" by Rex Ukaejiofo.

The author concluded that China's investment strategies in Africa are not completely self-serving as some critics argue.  China's engagement with African agriculture represents an opportunity for African states to gain some form of partnership for development, an alternative that promises mutual benefit.  The author adds that Africa must do better in leveraging Chinese engagement for maximum benefit.  The challenge is to develop new models for doing business with China, establishing ethical codes, and elevating practices that are rooted in a commitment to implement the demands that ...

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Sep 17 2014, 09:07:00

The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University published in September 2014 a study titled "Chinese Investments in Zimbabwe and Namibia: A Comparative Legal Analysis" by Clever Mapaure.

This study is a critical legal analysis of the law and practice related to Chinese investments in Namibia and Zimbabwe.  It concludes that China is playing a vital role in bringing much needed foreign direct investment to both Namibia and Zimbabwe while, at the same time, raising a number of valid and controversial questions about the conduct of Chinese investors. 

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September 15 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Sep 15 2014, 13:24:00

The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University published a commentary on 2 September 2014 titled "Mugabe Visits China: Zimbabwe's 'Look East' Policy Reloaded" by Bob Wekesa, University of Witwatersrand. 

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe recently completed his 16th visit to China since his first in 1980.  This is a record for African leaders.  The author concludes that China seems to have shown somewhat less enthusiasm in offering financial support to Zimbabwe during this last visit.  

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Sep 15 2014, 12:30:00

The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University published on 8 September 2014 a commentary titled "China, South Africa and the Dalai Lama: Costs and Benefits" by Ross Anthony.  For the third time, the Dalai Lama cancelled his proposed trip to South Africa, reportedly because he could not obtain a visa from the government of South Africa. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Sep 15 2014, 11:53:00

The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University published in September 2014 a summary titled "African Regional Communities' Engagement with China" by Daouda Cisse, Ross Anthony, Meryl Burgess, and Harrie Esterhuyse. 

The policy brief argued that the engagement has the potential to offer significant benefits to African countries by way of transnational free trade regions, single customs unions, single markets, single currencies, and other forms of political and economic integration that may strengthen both inter-regional and international trade as well as creating more robust solutions to issues of food, climate, health, and political security.  At the same time, implementation has proved a formidable challenge.

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September 12 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Fri Sep 12 2014, 16:46:00

Foreign Affairs published on 11 September 2014 a commentary titled "Al-Shabab's Last Stand?" by Paul Hidalgo, an analyst on the Horn of Africa.  The article concludes that the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane provides a unique opportunity for allied forces to press the advantage against al-Shabaab and potentially deliver a decisive blow.  In the long run, however, it may increase the extremist threat in East Africa.

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