William Minter is the editor of AfricaFocus Bulletin. His research focuses on southern Africa and international issues.


Game Changers in Global AIDS Fight

On the 30th anniversary of the first reported case of AIDS, we may just have turned the corner on battling the disease — if we commit the resources.

Global Solidarity Levy Urgently Needed

A very small charge on currency transactions could raise billions for

Zimbabwe: Sanctions and Solidarity

While the debate about sanctions in the case of Zimbabwe is heated, it often misses the point. Both supporters and opponents of sanctions exaggerate their importance and underestimate other policy tools. The reality is that sanctions are neither comprehensive nor targeted.

Climate Change and Africa’s Natural Resources

On the eve of Copenhagen, momentum is still falling short of what’s needed to prevent disaster. And Africa will feel the effects most of all.

Africa Policy Outlook 2003

In 2003 U.S. policy toward Africa will be driven almost exclusively by geopolitical considerations related to Washington’s war plans against Iraq, and by its geostrategic interests in African oil.

Bush No-Show in Mauritius Reflects Deeper Disdain

When and if President Bush does visit Africa, he may seek to avoid answering the question of whether he values African lives.

Africa Policy Outlook 2002: Africa’s Priorities Ignored Due To Washington’s War on Terrorism

By almost any measure, the war on AIDS is more important than the war on terrorism. Yet Washington’s fixation with the latter—still loosely defined—campaign threatens to crowd out attention to Africa’s priorities.

Africa and the World Trade Organization: The Issues in Brief

Instead of taking the opportunity for dialogue, rich countries have offered little or nothing to address the concerns of African and other developing countries.

United States and Africa: Starting Points for a New Policy Framework

In practice, however, Washington’s legacies of neglect and of inappropriate policies toward Africa have remained largely in place with the same overall guidelines

Africa Overview

The absence of a coherent U.S. foreign policy agenda—except in the expansion of exports and investments to promising new markets—leaves U.S. policy decisions at the mercy of old and new prejudices, while ad hoc response to crises becomes more the norm than the exception.