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list of challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa is long and daunting. Political
instability and violence have led to immense migration flows that countries on
three continents are struggling to contain. These problems have exacerbated
weather-related catastrophes like famine, creating a vicious circle. Yet, the
region has plenty of potential. Can it overcome its hurdles? This edition of
GIS Dossier surveys the predictions from our experts on this troubled region.
Dag Hammarskjold was one of the great secretary generals of the United Nations. The Swedish economist-turned-diplomat died in a plane crash in 1961, while trying to negotiate a ceasefire in the Congo. More than half a century later, his courage is missed. Is there any way for Hammarskjold's successors to reconnect the UN with its mission?
David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool
ethnic violence and man-made famine have turned South Sudan into Africa’s worst
disaster since the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The crisis shows the limits of
humanitarian aid and will have devastating long-term effects. It also poses a test
for the international community, which must decide whether to intervene at a
time when multilateralism is out and realpolitik is in.
Teresa Nogueira Pinto
As incumbent leaders seek to extend their time in power beyond legal limits, ‘third-termism’ or ‘constitutional coups’ have become a hot topic in African politics. In Rwanda, where leadership changes have always been accompanied by ethnic strife and violence, the constitution is being changed to allow a third term to President Paul Kagame. The country’s brutal hist...
Iraq has a new government headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with key posts promised to Sunni and Kurdish politicians as part of a power-sharing deal to tackle the growing rise of Islamic State (IS). The real and present danger of IS reaches far and wide and is leading to some countries becoming unlikely allies working with a common purpose in the battle agai...
Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram