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.
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.
Earlier this month, Morocco’s ambassador to Iran presented his credentials in Tehran, restoring ties between the two countries that Rabat severed in 2009 over what it called Iran’s interference in Morocco’s internal affairs. In an email interview, Ann Wainscott discusses Morocco’s ties with Iran.