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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.