East Africa is the pits for press freedom, but congratulations to Namibia, Ghana and South Africa for outranking France, the U.K. and the U.S. in the World Press Freedom index

Here is the new 2019 World Press Freedom index from RSF, with the United States down to No. 48 (!) and France and the U.K. at 32 and 33 respectively. Namibia at 23, Ghana at 27 and South Africa at…

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Should the United States support “political confederation” of the East African Community? Can we do so while also supporting democracy?

What are the basics of our current foreign policy in East Africa? According to the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs there are now "four pillars" to our policy towards Africa: 1) Strengthening Democratic Institutions; 2) Supporting African economic growth…

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Dr. Peter Pham gets new post-midterm Trump diplomatic appointment as Great Lakes Special Envoy [Updated]

Ahead of the long-overdue elections scheduled for next month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the State Department announced the nomination of Dr. Peter Pham, Africa Director at the Atlantic Council, to be Trump's special envoy to the African…

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Happy National Day and Thanks for the Troops (Burundi)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/au_unistphotostream/27921380461/in/photolist-JB7URQ-aNdcyH-JxjnDp-Jxjo16-JB7UEs-JerbTj-aNdZy6-aNdYZp-aNdXfe-aNd6FX-aNd9Dk-aNdaJg-aNdc76-aNdara-aNd8bK-aNdb5i-aNd97Z-aNd7Fk-aNdVte-aNdYoZ-aNd71B-aNdTpK-aNdW7B-aNdUgP-aNdX38 AMISOM flickr photo- Burundian troops rotate home The State Department issued this statement today, as Burundi's long crisis drags: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Burundi on the 55th…

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Transparency International Annual Corruption Perception Index released [corrected and updated]

The new Transparency International corruption perception rankings for 2010 have been released today. For East Africa: 66 Rwanda (4.0 score on a scale of 10) [up from 3.3 for 2009] 116 Ethiopia (2.7) [unchanged] 116 Tanzania (2.7) [up from 2.6]…

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“Political Stability”, “Investor Confidence” and meaningful elections in East Africa

Wednesday's Nairobi Business Daily features a story headlined "Political stability lifts investor confidence in East Africa": Easing political tensions and the ongoing search for uniform governance standards in East Africa has lifted business confidence in the region and is encouraging…

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