Opinion: African challenges to African development

  The parlous story of African economic and social development since independence best expressed in the failure to achieve the autonomous capacity for self-actuated development and in particular to create conditions of national and continental modern mass production and prosperity is well known and need not be repeated; Professor Ehiedu Iweriebor writes.    It is […]

Some key considerations in the new Gambia

It finally became clear on January 21, 2017, that Yahya Jammeh, the long-serving autocratic president of The Gambia would step down and leave the country. The road to this point was a twisty one; writes Niklas Hultin. Jammeh had lost the December 1, 2016, election to Adama Barrow (who represented a coalition of opposition parties). […]

Remembering the Holocaust

Hédi Fried, author and Auschwitz survivor, wrote: “Can anyone say when something begins? Grains of sand are added to grains of sand, and before you know it there is a pile of sand in front of you.” Today (January 27) is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we remember one of humanity’s greatest crimes against itself. But […]

Sweden’s security must be seen in a broader perspective

  The new security situation, the growing political power rivalries and the broader security policy developments place new demands on the State’s capacity to safeguard the security of Sweden’s inhabitants. They also place new demands on strategic thinking over longer periods, and a better understanding of security developments, around the world as well as in […]

Sweden takes its seat on UN Security Council

Sweden’s non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council has begun. In January, Sweden will also hold the Security Council presidency. This comes at a time marked by many complex conflicts. Syria continues to be a nightmare. Tensions in our neighbourhood have increased. The EU and the UN, established in the post-war period to maintain peace, […]

Liberia elections 2017: “My vote is power”

The most important power one has as a voter is the power of his or her vote. It is the power you have as voters to hold all elected and appointed individuals in various positions of power, including the presidency accountable. This power is guaranteed under the Liberian Constitution. This is your undisputable power and […]

Exchanges should focus on smaller businesses

The African growth story is no longer a fairy tale. Over the past decade multinational companies, private equity funds and infrastructure development programmes have channeled capital to the continent as they began to realise the true potential it holds, but like most emerging market regions, Africa is no longer the ‘flavour of the month’; Nonkululeko […]

A critical look at Trump’s nominees

The announcement that Mr. Trump was considering Governor Nikki Haley for Secretary of State and Sen. Ted Cruz for Attorney General was the biggest joke of the century. These individuals mentioned above do not represent the alternative right ideology that President-elect Trump intends to pursue during his presidency. It would have been unprecedented for Trump […]

Liberia’s 2016/17 recurrent expenditures

Liberians heaved a sigh of relief in  May of  2016 when the newly appointed Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Boima S. Kamara  submitted the Draft National Budget for 2016/2017 of US$555.9 million, comprising of US$495.5 million for Core Domestic Revenue; US$30.2 million as Grant; and US$30.1 million as Contingent Domestic Revenue.; Seltue Karweaye […]

Can UN peacekeeping be fixed?

Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki is in disgrace. The Kenyan commander of the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan was sacked this week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon after a special investigation found there was a “chaotic and ineffective response” to protecting civilians during fighting between government and opposition soldiers in the capital, Juba, in July.  […]