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African Leaders Renew Calls for Urgent Debt Relief and Financial Assistance

Leaders from several of Africa's largest countries including South Africa, Kenya, and Ethiopia renewed their urgent appeals on Tuesday for debt relief, debt cancellation, and immediate financial assistance from the international community to help support economies across the continent ...

Tanzanian Official Publicly Mocks Kenya For Taking Huge Loans From China to Build the Standard Gauge Railway

A video of an unnamed Tanzanian official mocking Kenya for borrowing so much money from China to build the Standard Gauge Railway went viral in East Africa this week. "I do not want to mention ...

Zanzibar Opens New Chinese-Financed and Constructed International Airport Terminal

President Ali Mohamed Shein inaugured Zanzibar's new $129 million international terminal III, which was Chinese-funded and built. The hope is that this new facility will spur tourism that will generate the funds to repay the loans. Completion of ...

Who’s Next to Fall? Moody’s Points to Mozambique

In the wake of Zambia's default on a portion of its private creditor debt and the subsequent downgrade by international credit ratings agencies, investors are scanning the map to see which country will tumble next. According to the global ratings agency Moody's Investors Services, Mozambique is a ...

ICYMI: The 2020 CARI Conference is Now Available to Watch Online

If you haven't been able to sit in on the China-Africa Research Initiative's ongoing annual conference, the discussions are now available to view online.  This year's conference focuses on China-Africa security relations and features a number of prominent scholars and analysts ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed.
The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican nominee, as expected, it will kick off a series of domino effects that could reshape the United States’ relationship with itself, and with it, the whole world.

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Pity the Poor American Diplomat in Africa

Life is not getting any easier for the U.S. diplomats posted in Africa. Today's clown show, excuse me, "presidential debate," is certainly not going to make what seems like increasingly awkward and uncomfortable discussions with local stakeholders any easier. Fairly or ...