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Proposed new bloc in the Horn of Africa I Bolivia's drug control U-turn

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 09 September 2020


Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia are in talks to create a new regional bloc in East Africa. Dubbed the “Horn of Africa Cooperation”, the proposed bloc could rival other regional bodies like the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. Ingo Henneberg and Sören Stapel explain why a new regional bloc is being discussed and assess potential outcomes given the complex security challenges and political tensions in the neighbourhood.

In other news, an internationally lauded programme of drug control in Bolivia, which emphasised alleviating the poverty of farmers rather than eradicating all coca production, has been scrapped by the country’s new interim government in favour of a more traditional authoritarian approach. Bolivia’s return to a hard-line “war on drugs” approach reverses years of progress. Kathryn Ledeber, Linda Farthing and Thomas Grisaffi have been collaborating with local coca growers for years. They explain how disastrous this U-turn is and why the EU’s support violates its own principles.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki (left), Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (right) and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Why a proposed Horn of Africa bloc could destabilise the larger region

Ingo Henneberg, University of Freiburg; Sören Stapel, University of Freiburg

The proposed cooperation promises to address transnational problems within the three countries but it might alienate the rest of East Africa.

Demonstrators protest demanding the resignation of the country’s interim president Jeanine Añez in El Alto, Bolivia, August 14 2020. EPA-EFE/STR

Bolivia reverses years of progress with new draconian cocaine policy, supported by the EU

Kathryn Ledebur, University of Reading; Linda Farthing, University of Reading; Thomas Grisaffi, University of Reading

Bolivia's drug control strategy was once internationally applauded.


Afghanistan’s future: the core issues at stake as Taliban sits down to negotiate ending 19-year war

Kaweh Kerami, SOAS, University of London

After months of delays, talks between the Taliban and Afghan governnment are due to start in Doha. Here's what is on the table.

Undressing for redress: the significance of Nigerian women’s naked protests

Bright Alozie, West Virginia University

Nigerian women have successfully used their naked bodies as an instrument of power, rather than shame, to protest injustice.


Who will get the coronavirus vaccine first? We need to plan now

Laurence Roope, University of Oxford; Philip Clarke, University of Oxford

Without a clear plan, valuable time will be lost.

How to read coronavirus news and learn what you actually need to know about staying safe in the pandemic

Thomas J. Hrach, University of Memphis

Journalists use real people's stories to 'humanize' the news. But these tales – whether harrowing or heartwarming – can be misleading about the pandemic's greatest threats.


Malaria: new map shows which areas will be at risk because of global warming

Mark Smith, University of Leeds; Chris Thomas, University of Lincoln

We modelled surface water across Africa to show which parts of the continent are climatically-suitable for malaria – and how this will change.

Why more Ugandan farmers aren’t adopting drought tolerant maize

HyeJin Lee, Konkuk University

Low productivity is one of the biggest challenges facing Uganda's maize industry. But smallholder farmers still won't adopt improved seed.


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