Africa

In April Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), visited the United States. Controversy and protests around his victory in the long-delayed presidential election linger on, even as the transition and transfer of power has been described as the most peaceful since DR Congo’s independence. In Washington Tshisekedi met with Secretary…

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June 3, 2019 Responding to the Ebola crisis The Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to ravage Equateur, North Kivu and Ituri provinces. To date, more than 1,200 people have died, many of them children. Insecurity and inadequate funding have exacerbated the situation. U.S. assistance to address the Ebola outbreak has been limited,…

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On April 30 and May 1, pastors Ry Siggelkow of Faith Mennonite Church in Minneapolis and Gordon Smith of Mennonite Community Church in Fresno, Calif. came to Washington, D.C. They joined other faith leaders in an annual event to advocate for increased foreign assistance, including poverty-focused development and emergency relief. Natural disasters such as cyclones…

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Now that Nigeria’s 2019 general elections have concluded, President Mohammadu Buhari’s government will need to evaluate its policy priorities for the coming years. The country continues to face enormous humanitarian challenges that will require an urgent response from the Nigerian government and the international community. As of January, about 1.95 million people have been displaced…

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Countries invest a lot of resources in national elections but sometimes the process is accompanied by violence, leading to the destruction of lives, property and livelihoods and perpetuating cycles of trauma. Nigeria’s recently concluded presidential elections were regarded as relatively peaceful, but incidents of localized violence and electoral misconduct affected the credibility of the elections. More than…

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Toward an end to the Korean War The second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) took place in Hanoi last week. Many were hoping for more concrete action steps and details on the initial agreement that was signed at the Singapore summit in…

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After postponing national elections by a week for logistical reasons, Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday, February 23 for presidential and national assembly elections. The presidential elections are now over, but they produced worrisome shadows and lapses to reflect on, particularly as gubernatorial and state assembly elections are slated for Saturday, March 9. The…

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