FROM Jennifer Cooke
Can US Business Thrive in Africa? Africa is more than a troubled continent. It is vast and diverse, with 6 of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies. Can the US get on board? Does it want to? This week’s Africa summit was designed to reassure both African leaders and American business.
US to Pursue Greater Engagement with Sudan After months of internal debate, the Obama Administration announced a policy for Sudan today, designed to promote peace between the north and south and to end the humanitarian crisis in Darfur that Colin Powell labeled "genocide." US special envoy for Sudan, General Scott Gration, had argued that sanctions against Sudan would be counterproductive, but humanitarian groups and prominent members of Congress disagreed. The new policy includes carrots as well as sticks. Jennifer Cooke is Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.