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December 2 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Tue Dec 2 2014, 19:38:00

Radio Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, carried a story on 19 November 2014 titled "How China Is Reshaping Global Development Finance" by Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at IHS.  The author analyzes how China is working to change the nature of financing of projects in the developing world beyond the efforts of the IMF and World Bank. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Tue Dec 2 2014, 17:12:00

Aid Data published in November 2014 a study titled "Aid on Demand: African  Leaders and the Geography of China's Foreign Assistance" by Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Roland Hodler, Bradley Parks, Paul Raschky, and Michael Tierney.  The study investigates whether political leaders of aid-receiving African countries use foreign aid to further their own political or personal interests. 

The authors noted that the publication of this paper led to some inaccurate reporting and confusion among journalists, bloggers, and researchers.  They published a rejoinder on 26 November 2014 titled "Diving into the Details: What 'Aid on Demand' Says and Doesn't Say about China in Africa." 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Tue Dec 2 2014, 16:33:00

Time.com published on 24 November 2014 an article titled "South Africa's Ruling ANC Looks to Learn from Chinese Communist Party" by Stephanie Findlay.  The focus of the article is the courting of the Chinese Communist Party by South Africa's African National Congress  and the development of a cadre-based political school. 

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November 28 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Fri Nov 28 2014, 17:39:00

The Economist  published on 22 November 2014 an article titled "Defence Spending: Arms and the African."  It draws heavily on a recent publication from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).  It also has a brief quote from me. 

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November 27 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Nov 27 2014, 11:08:00

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) published on 21 November 2014 a commentary titled "The Missing Voice of Kenya's Civil Society" by Hawa Noor, ISS Nairobi.  The author argues that the role of civil society has diminished in Kenya due to internal wrangles fueled by ethnic politics among civil society members. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Nov 27 2014, 10:29:00

Chatham House published on 19 November 2014 commentary titled "The Pitfalls of Power-sharing in Somalia" by Jason Mosley.  It describes the most recent governance crisis following differences between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. 

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November 24 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Nov 24 2014, 20:21:00

The Independent (Kampala) published on 16 November 2014 an analysis titled "Is It Time for a China-Africa Command?" by Haggai Matsiko.  While the article does not answer the question, it identifies growing Chinese security interests in Africa. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Nov 24 2014, 11:18:00

The Initiative for Public Policy Analysis, an independent policy research organization in Lagos, Nigeria, published in 2014 an analysis of China's trade and investment with Africa titled "China in Africa: An Evaluation of Chinese Investment" by Thompson Ayodele and Olusegun Sotola.  The analysis tends to heap praise on China's engagement in Africa while glossing over areas where others have expressed some concern. 

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November 23 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Sun Nov 23 2014, 08:50:00

BBC Radio 5 Live "Up All Night" program asked me to comment 22 November 2014 on the al-Shabaab attack on Kenyan civilians traveling on a bus between Mandera and Nairobi.  You can listen to the five minute commentary here.  It begins about seven minutes into the program which aired on 23/11/2014 London time. 

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November 21 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Fri Nov 21 2014, 17:33:00

The Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center published on 17 November 2014 a commentary titled "Military Integration after Civil Wars: Any Lessons for Somalia?" by Paul Williams, George Washington University.

Williams draws on information from a new book edited by Roy Licklider titled New Armies from Old: Merging Competing Military Forces after Civil Wars.  The book provides eleven case studies: Sudan, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Rwanda, Philippines, South Africa, DRC, Mozambique, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, and Burundi.  Based on the research in the Licklider book, Williams asks if it has lessons for the situation in Somalia. 

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