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July 24 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Jul 24 2014, 17:41:00

Yale Global Online Magazine published on 9 July 2014 commentary titled "China's Challenge in Africa: Avoid Blame of Neo-Colonialism" by Gregory Chin, associate professor of political science at York University in Canada.  The author focuses on what China needs to do to improve south-south cooperation.

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Jul 24 2014, 16:55:00

Sudan specialist Douglas H. Johnson delivered a lecture on 5 July 2014 at the University of Juba on federalism and South Sudanese political thought.  The Rift Valley Institute published a summary titled "A Debate on Federalism at Juba University" of the standing-room only event.

Newspapers published in Juba that reported the event were confiscated by government security forces. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Jul 24 2014, 13:36:00

The Rift Valley Institute in Nairobi recently published a lengthy study titled "Talking Peace in the Ogaden: The Search for an End to Conflict in the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia" by Tobias Hagmann, a professor at Roskilde University in Denmark. 

The author explains that the conflicting parties were preparing for a third round of talks early in 2014 when two Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) representatives were forcibly relocated from Nairobi to Ethiopia.  It is not clear that the talks will resume, but the author suggests the ONLF has been diminished militarily and politically over the past five years and is under pressure from its constituency to chart an alternative course.  The author questions the sincerity of Ethiopia in seeking a negotiated peace. 

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

The Rift Valley Institute in Kenya published on 3 July 2014 a brief report titled "Lake Turkana and Development Projects on the Lower Omo River" by Sean Avery.  It discusses environmental concerns for Kenya's Lake Turkana following the implementation of development projects on the Lower Omo River in Ethiopia. 

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July 23 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Jul 23 2014, 16:56:00

London-based Chatham House published on 9 July 2014 an analysis titled "No Peace in Sight on South Sudan's Third Birthday" by Dame Rosalind Marsden, associate fellow at Chatham House.  She suggested that both the SPLM and rebels led by Riak Machar are treating the peace process as a zero sum game.  A key priority for the international community is to increase pressure on both parties to the conflict to engage seriously.

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Jul 23 2014, 13:49:00

Bloomberg published on 22 July 2014 a long article titled "Ethiopia Becomes China's China in Global Search for Cheap Labor" by Kevin Hamlin, Ilya Gridneff and William Davison.  It discusses the challenges and opportunities of Chinese investment in Ethiopia. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Jul 23 2014, 08:58:00

The Juba-based Sudd Institute published on 22 July 2014 a policy brief titled "HIV/AIDS: A Threat to National Security in South Sudan" by Awak Deng Bior, a deputy administrator at the Sudd Institute.  The author suggests there is an increasing HIV/AIDS incidence in South Sudan as a result of years of war.  The country also lacks efficient HIV/AIDS testing and monitoring systems that could help track the spread of the virus. 

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July 21 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Jul 21 2014, 09:13:00

Reuters published on 15 July 2014 a story titled "Exclusive: U.N. Monitors Allege 'Conspiracy' to Divert Somali Assets" by Louis Charbonneau and Drazen Jorgic.  It is based on a 37 page confidential document prepared by the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, an 8-person committee established by the United Nations.

The document says the UN Monitoring Group has obtained information that "reflects exploitation of public authority for private interests and indicates at the minimum a conspiracy to divert the recovery of overseas assets in an irregular manner."  The document implicates a U.S.-based law firm, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a former foreign minister, and two other individuals.

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July 19 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Sat Jul 19 2014, 10:06:00

The Africa Collective published on 8 June 2014 commentary titled "Teddy Afro's 'Tikur Sew'--Ethnic Politics and Historical Narrative" by Rachael Hill, a PhD candidate at Stanford University.  It is an analysis of Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro's 2012 album Tikur Sew (Black Man).  The title track is a tribute to late 19th and early 20th century Emperor Menilik II and the Ethiopian victory over the Italians at Adwa.

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Sat Jul 19 2014, 09:23:00

The International Crisis Group (ICG) published on 14 July 2014 a commentary titled "Civil Society and the South Sudan Crisis" by Jerome Tubiana, ICG's senior analyst for Sudan.  The analysis draws heavily on the author's experience with the crisis in Darfur and concludes that civil society representatives must provide substantive input to the mediation's outputs--from the basic framework agreement to a new constitution.

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