Besides the ongoing political conundrum in Mali, it is the entire West African region, from Guinea Bissau to Mali, which is under threat of destabilization. Indeed, for many years now, terrorists and drugs traffickers have been synergizing their respective illegal activities, transforming the...
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How to Create a Public Policy in a Failed State: The Challenge of Securing Land Rights in Eastern Congo Notes de l'Ifri, October 2012
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 32 years of dictatorship and almost ten years of war have bled the country dry and left its administration incapable of providing the population with basic services and the government incapable of applying or even formulating public policy.
Quand les embouteillages " créent " la ville - L'influence de la congestion sur la structure et l'économie urbaines à Accra (Ghana) Note de l'Ifri, octobre 2012
Les embouteillages se sont développés rapidement dans les villes africaines et deviennent un problème majeur. Ainsi, en limitant la mobilité des biens et des personnes, ils ralentissent la croissance économique. Leur influence est cependant plus profonde. D"une part, en rendant certaines...
Hardly a week goes by without an African investors’ conference or growth summit.
The multifaceted crisis in Mali, which has effectively led to state collapse and split the country in two, has drawn international attention to Algeria’s role in the stability of the Sahel. One might expect Algeria, as the region’s preeminent military power, and one that has sought to position...
A Victorious Anti-insurrection Strategy? The Insurrections of 2010 in the Jonglei State of South Sudan Notes de l'Ifri, March 2012
On May 16 2010, a few weeks after its first elections, the government of the semi-autonomous province of South Sudan (GoSS) had to confront two rebellions in the Jonglei Province. South Sudan may appear unified behind the banner of the SPLM/A, but in fact it is nothing of the kind.
Consumption in an Uncertain Environment: The Paradox of the African Middle Classes Notes de l'Ifri, March 2012
Three hundred million people belonging to the middle classes of Africa; three hundred million of potential consumers: an image of this kind is enough to make many an entrepreneur start dreaming. In fact, whereas for many years Afro-pessimism has dominated public opinion in the West, what seems...
The question of the Chinese presence in Madagascar is very accurate. It is an opportunity for us to portray the sino-madagarscan relations.
The Architect and Fragile States: Development Assistance's Contribution to Global Security Etudes de l'Ifri, December 2011
Up to Europe’s threshold in the middle of Sahara and Sahel region, a growing insecurity led beyond mere reconsideration of field practice to a whole change of paradigm for multilateral and bilateral aid institutions.
Beyond Racial Dynamics in the South African Political Space, The Constrained Ambition of the Democratic Alliance Lesedi n° 13, December 2011
Since 1994 and the first democratic elections, the ANC has been dominating the South African political scene, although this should not hide the...