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October 30 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Oct 30 2014, 07:15:00

The International Crisis Group warned on 29 October 2014 that government of South Sudan and the Sudan People's  Liberation Army-In Opposition are making plans to resume major military conflict at the end of the rainy season.

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October 27 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Oct 27 2014, 21:32:00

The Turkish-language paper, Zaman Amerika, asked me to respond to several questions concerning the Gulen-affiliated non-governmental organization known as Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anyone There?), which has relief projects in Turkey and many countries around the world.  I am finishing a book on the Gulen Movement in Africa and did research on Kimse Yok Mu's activities there.  The interview has been translated into Turkish.

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Oct 27 2014, 12:54:00

Defence Web published on 24 October 2014 an article titled "China, Tanzania Carrying Out Month Long Joint Naval Drills" by Oscar Nkala.  The article provides a summary of recent China-Tanzania military cooperation. 

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October 26 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Sun Oct 26 2014, 12:57:00

Chatham House published in October 2014 a research paper titled "South Korea's Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa: Fortune, Fuel and Frontier Markets" by Vincent Darracq and Daragh Neville, both at Chatham House. 

South Korea's renewed engagement in sub-Saharan Africa is driven primarily by three factors: the pursuit of food and energy security; the establishment of new markets for its manufactured goods; and the enhancement of its credentials as a prominent global power, particularly in order to counter the diplomacy of North Korea. 

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October 23 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Oct 23 2014, 19:24:00

The South African Institute of International Affairs published in October 2014 a paper titled "China and Zimbabwe: The Context and Contents of a Complex Relationship" by Abiodun Alao, senior lecturer at the African Leadership Centre, King's College London.

The paper looks at  Sino-Zimbabwean relations, examining how they have evolved over time.  He concludes that the decades ahead are likely to be crucial for the relationship especially as Zimbabwe has to begin looking at a future without its aging president. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Oct 23 2014, 12:26:00

Pambazuka News published on 23 October 2014 a commentary titled "South Sudan Peace Talks: Possibility of Re-locating to South Sudan?" by Josephine Chandiru Drama, a fellow at the African Leadership Centre/Kings College London.  She concludes that the current IGAD process in Addis Ababa is inadequate and the peace talks should go to South Sudan. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Oct 23 2014, 10:18:00

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) published on 20 October 2014 a summary titled "The Roots of Radicalism Should Inform Government's Response to Terror" by Anneli Botha, ISS in Pretoria.  This cogent analysis based on three separate studies in Kenya, Uganda, and Somalia concludes that what primarily pushed young Kenyans to join al-Shabaab  and the Mombasa Republican Council were injustices at the hands of Kenyan security forces.  Many young Somalis in Kenya joined al-Shabaab in response to a threat to their religious identity while those in Somalia were more influenced by economic issues. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Oct 23 2014, 09:41:00

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) published in October 2014 a 12 page study titled "Why Strategic Foresight Matters for Africa" by Julia Schunemann, who leads the African Futures Project at ISS.  She concludes that African countries must think more systematically about long-term trends and plan for the future if they are to take advantage of opportunities arising from economic growth. 

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October 21 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Tue Oct 21 2014, 09:46:00

The Journal of Asian and African Studies published online 5 September 2014 a study titled "China's Development and Its Aid Presence in Africa: A Critical Reflection from the Perspective of Development Anthropology" by Zhongguang Niu, Minzu University in Beijing.  This link takes you to the abstract; you can then access the entire PDF text. 

The author argues that China's aid presence in Africa is imprinted with China's own development practices and makes the case by drawing on the experience of Chinese development aid to Ethiopia.  The paper discusses the potential roles of Chinese anthropologists, who have been surprisingly absent from development issues.  

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October 20 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Oct 20 2014, 11:30:00

The International Monetary Fund published in October 2014 the Staff Report for the 2014 Article IV Consultation with Ethiopia.  This 76 page document concluded that Ethiopia's growth is expected to remain strong, driven mainly by agriculture and services.  Inflation should continue to remain in single digits, in line with a tight monetary policy.  Key downside risks include insufficient financing for infrastructure investment in the Growth and Transformation Plan, lower prices of main export commodities, and weather-related shocks, particularly a drought.

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