Featured Columns

  • Africa Needs More From Obama Than Promises

    Africa Needs More From Obama Than Promises

    CDN 08/08/14 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, August 8, 2014 — As the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit concludes with well over $30 billion in commitments from the U.S. government, World Bank and private companies, it is important for President Barack Obama to move beyond the Summit’s primary focus on big business expansion, […]

  • Military-First is the Wrong Approach Toward Africa

    Military-First is the Wrong Approach Toward Africa

    POLITIX 08/07/14 By Michael Shank As President Barack Obama hosts the Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C. this week, it’s important for the president to put on the front-burner policies that promote peace on the continent. Instead of prioritizing counter-terrorism, resource extractive or aid-only agendas – which is what has […]

  • Violence or Vaccines: Which Path for US in Africa?

    Violence or Vaccines: Which Path for US in Africa?

    REUTERS 08/06/14 By Michael Shank Africa is the new frontier for the U.S. Defense Department. The Pentagon has applied counterterrorism tactics throughout the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Central and South Asia. Now it is monitoring the African continent for counterterrorism initiatives. It staged more than 546 military […]

  • Cleaning Up Big Oil in Nigeria

    Cleaning Up Big Oil in Nigeria

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 07/31/14 By Michael Shank and Kate Edelen Oil thefts are growing in Nigeria and threaten stability in the region. An SEC rule could help stem oil-related violence in the Niger Delta. As America’s news coverage of Nigeria continues to focus on the plight of kidnapped […]

  • America’s Water Supply Is Going Down the Drain

    America’s Water Supply Is Going Down the Drain

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 07/02/14 By Michael Shank and U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright Last month’s news that Americans will need to pay more for water comes at an interesting time, just as summer season commences and community pools populate. A survey last month of 368 water utility companies in […]