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The cost of conflict prevention and peace building in Africa is rising. But are African countries becoming less determined both financially and politically?

Tsedale Lemma  

When African Heads of State and Government took the bold decision to finally disband the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and establish the African Union (AU) in 2002, they had no delusion that the continent, after the genocide in Rwanda, needed to be rescued from itself. From Algeria in the north to Mozambique in the south, from Sudan in the east to Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the west and Somalia in the horn –  not to mention Burundi, Angola and Uganda, Africa was dotted with fragile states that were either deep in conflicts or were already worn out by civil wars. 

Michael E. O’Hanlon

 The United States should, with a focused effort and in partnership with other states, make a significant push to improve security in Africa. No massive deployments of U.S. troops would be needed, and in fact no role for American main combat units is required. But we should step up our game from the current very modest training efforts coordinated through Africa Command (AFRICOM).

Hadra Ahmed

Throughout history, live concerts by rock stars have provided unique and diverse entertainment to a global audience. In Ethiopia, however, it is only recently that rock ‘n roll live concerts have started to elate audiences to higher levels of music thrill unseen before. This opportunity came about when a group of young musicians were put together as Jano band, whose name is now a household acquaintance. And Saturday January 18th presented a packed full audience with that feeling of ecstasy when Jano held their second live concert at the Tropical Garden off Bole Road.