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31 Jan 2012 description

By Johanna Nesseth Tuttle

Global Hunger and Food Price Volatility in 2012

Early in 2011, food price riots helped trigger one of the most unexpected and significant events of the past decade: the Arab Spring, which saw the downfall of governments in the Middle East, the death of a long-time dictator in Libya, and ongoing strife in Syria and Yemen.

As we begin 2012, do we face another round of riots and instability? What is the status of global hunger and food security? And what countries will be most vulnerable to food-related instability?

19 Dec 2011 description

By William J. Garvelink, Farha Tahir
Dec 16, 2011

04 Nov 2011 description

By Richard Downie Nov 3, 2011

15 Jan 2010 description

By Jennifer G. Cooke, Richard Downie

Jan 15, 2010

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) cohosted a conference on October 29, 2009, to examine the role of diplomacy in U.S. relations with Africa. Discussions were grounded in the belief that as U.S. interests and engagement in Africa expand, U.S. diplomatic capacities must expand accordingly. The need to effectively manage multiple strands of U.S. investments in security, development, and conflict mitigation and management has become more complex and more important.

20 Apr 2009 description


Nowhere are global public health challenges more acute than in sub-Saharan Africa. With just 13 percent of the world's population, this region carries 24 percent of the global burden of disease. The continent's immense disease burden and frail health systems are embedded in a broader context of poverty, underdevelopment, conflict, and weak or ill-managed government institutions. These complex, interrelated challenges will ultimately demand sustained, patient, and integrated responses.

28 Jan 2009 description

Jeremy Patrick White


Prior to 1960, Somalia was known as Somaliland, and was ruled by Italy in the South and Great Britain in the North. Following World War II and the gradual decolonization Africa, Somalia achieved its independence in 1960 and formed the Somali Republic. Somalia's experiment with democracy was however short lived. In October of 1969, the commander of the Army, General Mohammed Siad Barre, seized power in a military coup. Over the course of the next twenty years, Barre's government grew ripe with corruption.

04 Jun 2007 description

By Jennifer Cooke, Co director, Africa Program

Hopes for a peaceful political resolution to the crisis in Somalia are dimming, as a power struggle between the Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and clan-based and Islamist militias continues to wrack Mogadishu.

A brutal crackdown by Ethiopian and Somali government troops in early May has done little to end an incipient insurgency, and disaffected clan militias and remnants of the vanquished Islamic Courts Union (ICU) have resorted to increasingly guerrilla-like tactics, including suicide bombings and a series of …