Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 21 Oct 2016
Sea levels around the world are expected to rise by more than two-and-a-half feet by the end of the century, but in West Africa they are expected to rise faster than the global average, potentially causing a catastrophic problem: 31% of the population lives along the coastline, generating 56% of total GDP. Low-lying capital cities such as Lagos, Nouakchott and Accra are already grappling with more frequent and severe flooding than in the past. Effective risk mitigation measures, like replenishing the coast with sand, are extremely expensive (reads in about 8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 28 October 2016
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 14 Jun 2016
Structurally lower oil prices are having all sorts of collateral effects on oil producing countries, particularly in terms of their social and political stability. This articles focuses on Nigeria, one of the world’s worst affected countries by lower oil prices. For years, the government paid militants in the Niger Delta not to blow up oil pipelines. Now it’s cutting them loose — and they’re taking up arms once again (reads in about 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 17 June 2016
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 4 Apr 2016
Economic growth in Africa is now in danger of falling below the rest of the world. This article warns about a possible implosion of Africa’s petrostates (particularly Nigeria and Angola) and claims that in the coming years it will be East Africa that leads the way. Countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda will shift the center of economic power on the continent from west to east, redefining international perceptions of Africa’s potential. (reads in 8-9 mn.)
Published in Weekly selection 8 April 2016