Journal of International Affairs

Foreign affairs periodical focuses on policy analysis, including state building and peace operations.

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, Spring-Summer

African Solutions to an International Problem: Arms Control and Disarmament in Africa
In February 1994, Robert Kaplan published a highly controversial article in the influential Atlantic Monthly titled, "The Coming Anarchy." Kaplan prophesized that a combination of "scarcity, crime, overpopulation, tribalism and disease" would swiftly...
Africa's Growth and Resilience in a Volatile World
Until 2008, thanks to domestic policy reforms, external assistance and high commodity prices, most of the economies of sub-Saharan Africa experienced sustained and accelerating growth for over a decade. Poverty was declining, health and education indicators...
Africa: The United States and China Court the Continent
The United States and China are the two most important bilateral, external actors in Africa today. While the United States wields more influence in most of Africa's fifty-three countries, China has surpassed it in a number of states and is challenging...
An Interview with Patrick Awuah
Patrick Awuah is the founder and president of Ashesi University, a private liberal arts college located in Accra, Ghana. He was born in Ghana but left in the mid-1980s to pursue an education in the United States, earning a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore...
Editors' Foreword
More than at any other time since the Cold War, Africa commands the attention of scholars, decisionmakers and the global public alike. The turn of the century has brought with it new strides in economic growth, political development and regional integration,...
Five Faces of African Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Africa's influence on Western culture has been celebrated for centuries, yet the continent has long been seen as requiring outside intervention to fuel its progress. Today, however, the growing number of high-profile African entrepreneurs across numerous...
Governance and Leadership in Africa: Measures, Methods and Results
Governance is performance--the delivery of high quality political goods to citizens by governments of all kinds. In Africa, as everywhere else, those political goods are security and safety, rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable...
Kenya's Unfinished Agendas
Kenya is a critically important East African country at a crossroads. In the coming years, it will either chart a way through to democratic reform and state building, or it will join the ranks of the so-called collapsed of failed states. Much hinges...
Maritime Piracy in East Africa
More than 200 years ago, just as the United States was developing into a nation, corsair piracy challenged the ability of the country to conduct international trade throughout the Mediterranean Sea. While the Barbary threat was defeated, piracy continues...
Obama and Africa: Matching Expectations with Reality
The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States has aroused expectations around the world, but nowhere as much as in Africa. Obama inherits a record of achievement on the continent from George W. Bush that will be hard to match, if not...
Power and Pressure: African Media and the Extractive Sector
Journalism in Africa has come far in recent decades. The decline of one-party dictatorships, which traditionally kept a grip on the press, has brought about rapid changes. (1) The number of media outlets has expanded and in many countries, such as...
Religion, Social Capital and Development in the Sahel: The Niass Tijaniyya in Niger
Religion is not often pursued as a source of engagement in the international discourse on development. While faith-based organizations have received a greater audience and exerted greater influence in the past few years under the Bush administration,...
The African Union: Pitfalls and Prospects for Uniting Africa
As the African Union (AU) moves toward its tenth anniversary in 2012, it is drawing a great deal of attention to its handling of mounting crises on the continent. Across the continent, the AU is faced with crises that test its commitment and capability...
The Glass Fortress: Zimbabwe's Cyber-Guerrilla Warfare
Contrary to the gun battles we are accustomed to, we now have cyber-warfares fought from one's comfort zone, be it bedroom, office, swimming pool, etc., but with deadly effects. --Dr. Olivier Muchena, Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front,...
The International Criminal Court's Case against the President of Sudan: A Critical Look
On 14 July 2008, after much advance publicity and fanfare, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, applied for a warrant of arrest against the president of Sudan, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, on charges that included...
U.S. Foreign Assistance to Africa: Securing America's Investment for Lasting Development
Since 2001, the United States has dramatically increased its commitment to development in Africa and has transformed the way it is implemented. In the last eight years, U.S. foreign assistance to sub-Saharan Africa managed by the State Department and...