MICHAEL J. STRAUSS is Lecturer in International Relations at the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, Paris, specializing in territorial leases as phenomena of international relations and international law for resolving sovereignty disputes. Prior to entering academia, he was an international journalist and served as bureau chief for Agence France-Presse's AFX News in Paris, Knight-Ridder Financial News in Madrid, and Dow Jones News Service in Geneva. He took his Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques and his M.Sc. in Journalism from Columbia University, where he was an International Fellow in the School of International Affairs. He is the author of The Viability of International Leases in Resolving International Sovereignty Disputes: A Comparative Study.
Several years ago, the veteran Kenyan diplomat Daniel Don Nanjira wrote that Africa has been the most peripheral and neglected of all continents, while also being the most fragmented with more than 50 sovereign nations. These observations help explain why Africa has found it challenging to become a cohesive, influential force in world affairs.
China’s rapid economic expansion has made it a global economic power, and its interactions with Africa have contributed to this. But efforts to build China’s economic strength have been driven largely by significant social weaknesses that are so pronounced that analysts believe they can undermine the country’s social and political stability if they are not contained. Most notable is the potential for unrest from large segments of the population, especially the unemployed and...
The Indian trade mission that visited Ghana in July 2012 was just one of many delegations from the Asian subcontinent that have gone to Africa to pursue business in recent years, but this particular group stood out because of its size. Comprised of 200 people eager to launch or expand their activity in West Africa, it was the largest Indian trade mission ever to travel to an African country,•1 and it sent some clear signals: India remains focused on strengthening its involvement in Africa...
Africa entered 2012 with an unexpected geopolitical dilemma: the United States, seeking partners for tougher economic sanctions against Iran to deter it from developing nuclear weapons, has been forcing African countries into policy choices that could generate more problems than benefits for them.
Awidely ignored result of the 2009 coup d’état in Madagascar was its impact on geopolitics in the Korean Peninsula. Upon taking power, President Andry Rajoelina canceled a controversial agreement by Madagascar’s previous government to lease 1.3 million hectares of farmland to Daewoo Logistics Corp. for 99 years
India’s independence in 1947 and China’s revolution in 1949 led to dramatic changes in both countries, and today they are widely regarded as regional superpowers. Yet despite their proximity to each other, and despite modern technology and the forces unleashed by globalization, interaction between them has remained limited.
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