• Ebola: between public health and private profit

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    The mass media are not asking possibly the most fundamental question about ebola–given that ebola has been known to the international health community since 1976 (featuring in about 34 outbreaks), why was a vaccine not developed long ago?

    Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 09:55
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  • The Economics of the GERD and the Egyptian Military

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    The policy of the Egyptian government under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will revolve around the following issues. The first critical aspect is the quest for stability (istiqrar). Underpinning this is economic stability which will in turn shapes foreign policy. Given the history of President al Sisi the centre of gravity will be the Gulf both to secure economic resources and geopolitics of Sunni solidarity in the larger Middle East.

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:22
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  • An update on the South Sudan civil war

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    Juba managed to browbeat IGAD into reneging itself and refusing the participation of the Seven, a move that immediately choked off whatever little life was left in the “peace talks”. But Riak has recently declared that he was now planning to start a national organization, i.e. a kind of SPLA 2. Meanwhile,both Riak and Salva want to be the oil masters, so as to extract aid from Khartoum.

    Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 20:47
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  • South Sudan: The Phony Deal.

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    Both in terms of maintaining the integrity of the SPLM, state and peace building as well as democratization, the conflict is about the soul of South Sudan. Regional and international players have continued to ignore this at their own peril.

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  • Ethiopia is ranked as the strongest military power in Sub Saharan Africa

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    I feel the ranking by Global Fire Power seem to have missed the point that the Ethiopian military establishment is more experienced in combat than that of Algeria and Egypt. Preparedness at all times and capacity to project power across national borders should have been an important consideration. In this regard Algeria and Egypt are not even in the picture. The Zimbabweans have tried to do some effective cross border operations in Mozambique and DRC but the scale and depth of it is not comparable to that of Ethiopia. 

    Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 19:38
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