One of the more unexpected decisions to emerge in the waning days of Barack Obama’s presidency was his move last week to ease U.S. sanctions against Sudan that have been in place for nearly two decades. The move to open up Sudan’s economy might encourage the reforms that 20 years of sanctions have not.
Middle East & North Africa
In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and senior editor, Frederick Deknatel, discuss U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda. For the Report, Mohsen Milani talks about former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s lasting influence on Iranian politics.
Security has defined France’s Africa policy under President Francois Hollande, who was in Mali last week for the final Africa-France Summit of his presidency. But critics argue that Hollande’s militaristic approach distracted from the institution-building necessary for long-term African stability.