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Africa Needs More From Obama Than Promises

Africa Needs More From Obama Than Promises

August 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

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, […]

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Violence or Vaccines: Which Path for US in Africa?

Violence or Vaccines: Which Path for US in Africa?

August 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

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 […]

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Cleaning Up Big Oil in Nigeria

Cleaning Up Big Oil in Nigeria

July 31, 2014 at 3:49 pm

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 […]

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America Needs a ‘Reset’ in Policy Toward Somalia

America Needs a ‘Reset’ in Policy Toward Somalia

July 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

POLITIX 07/01/14 By Michael Shank At next month’s Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C., it’ll be important for President Barack Obama to refrain from prioritizing counter-terrorism, resource extractive or aid-only agendas – which is what has dominated White House policies in the past – and pursue, instead, a more just […]

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How to Stop Libya Becoming Another Iraq

How to Stop Libya Becoming Another Iraq

June 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm

CNN 06/26/14 By Michael Shank and Najla Elmangoush Editor’s note: Najla Elmangoush is the dean of Centre of Gender Studies at the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies in Tripoli. Michael Shank is the associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George […]

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U.S. Military Interventionism Has Harmed Iraq Dearly

U.S. Military Interventionism Has Harmed Iraq Dearly

June 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

POLITIX 06/26/14 By Michael Shank Iraq continues to pose a conundrum for the international community. Many in the West feel that Iraq is perpetually ungovernable and that its quagmire finds root cause in something inherent to Iraqi culture or sectarianism. What the West fails to realize is that military interventionism […]

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How to Avoid the Same Old Mistakes in Iraq

How to Avoid the Same Old Mistakes in Iraq

June 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 06/18/14 By Michael Shank and Yemi Melka Forget military strikes. The U.S. should address sectarian tension by promoting regional cooperation. The best solution to the Middle East conflict is a policy based in regional teamwork. As fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the […]

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Yemen’s Chaos

Yemen’s Chaos

May 22, 2014 at 10:17 am

NATIONAL REVIEW 05/22/14 By Michael Shank The drone memo matters, but what the West is failing to do on the ground matters more. In Washington, D.C., it is rare for any adversarial country to remain in the forefront of foreign policy for very long. Yemen is an excellent example of […]

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The Harm in Hashtags

The Harm in Hashtags

May 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

NATIONAL REVIEW 05/12/14 By Michael Shank What should be haram (“forbidden” in Arabic) in dealing with Nigeria’s now infamous and increasingly violent Boko Haram, after the group kidnapped more than 250 schoolgirls last month, is an approach that is as rudimentary as that of the kidnappers themselves. The group, officially […]

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Yemen Remains in Crisis With an Untrustworthy Transitional Government

Yemen Remains in Crisis With an Untrustworthy Transitional Government

May 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

CDN 05/09/14 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014 —  Trust is essential for any society to function. If it’s not there, political and economic progress is impossible. That’s exactly what’s happening in Yemen right now. From the public’s perspective in Sana’a, the transitional government cannot be trusted, nor can […]

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