China: Embracing Africa, But Not Africans

The next step for Beijing in its Africa relations is better people-to-people relations. By Paul R. Burgman Jr. January 29, 2015 From January 10-17, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a five-nation African tour to promote friendly relations between Africa and China, and to continue a Chinese government tradition of making the African continent…

How private military services saved Sierra Leone: The contracting out of military duties came from necessity but help ensure long-lasting security

Written by Marika Josephides (1) Monday, 01 December 2014 18:15 Dismissing private military contractors as mercenaries can be simplistic and misleading, as their deployment in Sierra Leone’s Civil War displayed. That the country is rebounding despite 2014’s Ebola crisis is due in part to the success of contracted firms neutralising destabilising rebel groups. For impoverished…