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Botswana’s United Opposition Gains on Ruling Party in Decline

By The Editors
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Last month, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party narrowly won a majority of seats in parliament. In an email interview, Gape Kaboyakgosi, senior research fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development and Policy Analysis, discussed Botswana’s domestic politics. more

Strategic Horizons

Burkina Faso Coup Puts Spotlight on U.S.-Trained Military Leaders

By Steven Metz
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Last week, Burkina Faso’s long-serving dictator was overthrown in a “soft coup” headed by a military officer who had received U.S. training. This revives Cold War-era debates about when it is appropriate for the U.S. military to train foreign officers who may go on to intervene in domestic politics. more

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Water Management a Keystone of Dutch Foreign Policy

By The Editors
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In September, the Netherlands offered help to Pakistan after a breached dike forced over 700,000 people to flee their homes. In an email interview, Mariska Heijs, training and research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael,” discussed Dutch water management diplomacy. more

Catalyst or Curse? East Africa’s Oil and Gas Boom

By Jon Rosen
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New oil and gas finds in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, the bulk of which should come online by the end of the decade, have put East Africa on the verge of a hydrocarbon-driven transformation. However, the path to exploitation is fraught with challenges, and the boom presents as many risks as rewards. more