July 23, 2014

The Arab Spring and American Interests

Less than two months into the New Year, it is already apparent that 2011 will be remembered as the year the wave of democracy spread across the Arab world. Although the outcome is less than certain, it is clear that a momentous transition is in motion that brings new hope for the future. This event, like other momentous occasions in history, could come to define an entire era and leave ripple effects for decades. The knee-jerk reaction among Western nations has been the typical dose of self-reflection and blame upon its own leaders. President Obama … [Read more...]

Africanization of Foreign Aid: A Re-Discussion of Current Approaches

A recent article of Belarus Digest, discusses a fundraising event that took place in Warsaw that secured pledges of $120 million from 36 donor states. One of the biggest challenges that many Belarus delegates acknowledged was the need to prevent the “Africanization of Foreign Aid” in their country. Essentially, they want to prevent corruption, abuse, and fraud of donor assistance. Taking a step back, what exactly does the “Africanization of Foreign Aid” imply? It signifies the perpetual image that Africa consistently falls short of required … [Read more...]

Bush Wives

“Rape as a Weapon of War” is undoubtedly the most cruel war tactic. As a kind of slow death, it is designed to destroy communities as a tool of ethnic cleansing. One method is through the childbirth of different citizens (as in the case of Bosnia). Another may be through humiliating rape victims and thereby making it harder for them to assimilate into their communities. These accounts of rape are extremely disturbing because they require extensive premeditation and often have the consent of those we trust (soldiers, senior officials, UN … [Read more...]

Recession of Democratic Performance, Not of Democracy Itself

I agree with the sobering assertion by many critics that the democratic recession is likely to worsen in the decade ahead, but not decades. Democracy is not fatally threatened as a norm. Nonetheless, on a fundamental level, democracy is not stagnant– it is democratic performance that is declining and based on some of my experiences, I will attempt to explain why. First off, we must come to a universal understanding that democracy is not a destination, but rather, it is a process. Many countries that are experiencing a decline in democratic performance … [Read more...]

Polio Eradication Efforts: Militant or Ineffective?

Follow the Polio outbreak in real time with HealthMap Smallpox has been globally eradicated since 1980, so why is the eradication of Polio so much more difficult? The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) would be conducting a new targeted 15 country effort to vaccinate 72 million children in Africa. The new campaign follows numerous failed efforts of the past and reemerging outbreaks. Why does the African continent remain prone to Polio outbreaks that spread rapidly? Why did the organized … [Read more...]

The Inevitability of Water Depletion

By David Klayton, Environment Issue Analyst You’ve probably heard the phrase “resource wars,” and you probably usually think of wars over oil that dominated the 20th century. But have you ever stopped to take the time to think about what the phrase really means, and how it pertains to the future of the planet? As much as we may like to think they are, resources on this planet are not infinite. In fact, we will start to run low on many elements and minerals like copper and aluminum within the next century. Expect a skyrocket in the cost of living by … [Read more...]

Solving Malaria is a bit like Solving the Rubix Cube

Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. Yet, malaria is a treatable disease. How do I know? I’ve had it before. I was 9 years old. If not for my families’ access to drugs, I may have been 1 of one million children that die each year. Malaria is caused by an anopheles mosquito bite. The parasite that is transmitted by these mosquitoes multiplies in the liver and infects red blood cells. Symptoms can include a fever, vomiting, weakness and a headache. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately half of the world’s population … [Read more...]

What role do you envision young people playing around the issue of HIV/AIDS?

By April Stewart April is one of AIDemocracy’s 2010-2011 Issue Analysts. Find out more about April below or take a look at the Student Issue Analysts. Happiness is the name of a young girl I met in Usa River, Tanzania. She is four years old and loves orange Fanta and dancing. She and more than 30 of her friends live in an orphanage run by the Tanzania Millennium Hand Foundation. All of these children have been infected or affected by HIV, including Happiness. Happiness tested positive for HIV more than a year ago, which she contracted from her … [Read more...]

The changing face of aid

By Sara Hooker Sara is one of AIDemocracy’s 2010-2011 Issue Analysts. Find out more about Sara below or take a look at the Student Issue Analysts. Dambisa Moyo, author of the book Dead Aid, made headlines for three reasons.  The first two were quite simply that she was a young black woman talking about foreign aid, an area whose academia and discussion is dominated by middle-aged white men.  The third reason she made headlines was that she advocated for no aid at all. She argued that the way aid was given to countries worsened their condition rather … [Read more...]

We can..

By Sydney Kornegay Sydney is one of AIDemocracy’s 2010-2011 Issue Analysts. Find out more about Sydney below or take a look at the Student Issue Analysts. Mwawi Nyirongo is an unexpected force, a woman whose stamina overshadows her stature. The fragile, five-foot Malawian doctor may not look strong, but after watching her work in rural Africa- nursing abandoned HIV/AIDS infants, treating malaria, and attending to the old, arthritic agogos in her village  - I was convinced. She’s a superhero. Despite her endless energy, Mwawi is quick to admit she … [Read more...]