A Disease Conduit: Bushmeat’s Role in Spreading Epidemics


“Seven Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them” by Dr. Mark Walters  Dr. Mark Walters is a professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He is the director of the M.A. program in Digital Journalism and Design and the author of five books including “Seven …

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What are the Real Drivers of Conflict in Some Parts of Africa? Dr. Edward Kissi Explains  

Dr. Edward Kissi

From inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic which has been labeled as a “pre-genocide,” to inter-ethnic violence in South Sudan claiming thousands of lives and displacing over a million from the newest country of the world, various regions in Africa are enduring disastrous conflicts. Politicians, scholars and other experts are grappling with …

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African Journalists Discuss the Challenges and Future of Journalism in their Countries

Journalists from 12 African Countries, Casey Frechette,  visiting assistant professor at the journalism and media studies department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Earlier this month, I was able to meet African journalists from twelve countries who came to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies through the Edward R. Murrow Program for journalists. The program is funded by the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The …

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The United Nation’s Role in Africa

Tampa Bay Chapter was awarded a membership growth award for increasing its membership in 2012 by a whopping 280%.

Shortly after Kieran Dwyer, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, gave a presentation about U.N. peacekeeping missions (watch video below), he said that the mission also receives “bad press” for some of its work in Africa. The phrase jumped out at me. Bad press is what happens when a …

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Is America Overly Paranoid About Terrorism in Africa? Does Fear Hinder Economic Partnerships?

Security and Economic Partnerships in Africa

In the last blog entry, I talked to Ambassador Vicki Huddleston who suggested that America should focus on training and supporting African forces so they can battle extremists in the Sahel. In the wake of the Boston bombings, questions have arisen about immigration and the process of assimilation in the United …

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What should the U.S. do and not do in Mali? Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Answers the Questions


When the French first intervened in Mali, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston penned an Op-Ed in the New York Times outlining reasons why the U.S. should assist France in fighting the terror group Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Huddleston was the United States ambassador to Mali from 2002 to 2005 and urged …

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Moving Forward: The Role of the International Criminal Court in Africa

Fatou B. Bensouda : International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor at The Hague in Geneva, Switzerland. Image- ICC

 Africa on the Agenda: Conference on World Affairs in St. Petersburg Initiated by Douglas McElhaney, a former ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2004 to 2007, and hosted at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the first annual St Petersburg in the World Conference was held from March 28 to …

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Sudan: Ten Years After the World Woke Up to Darfur, What has Changed? Africa Talks Interviews Ahmed H. Adam

Ahmed H. Adam

Africa Talks: A conversation with Ahmed Hussein Adam  In a phone interview, Africa Talks caught up with Ahmed H. Adam, a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. To learn more about Ahmed H. Adam, you can click here. Here’s a brief biography adapted from information …

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New Secretary, Same Ole’ Game? What Will Kerry’s Foreign Policy Bring To Africa?

Kerry Sudan

It’s one thing when politicians talk blithely of the consequences of war and another to hear it from someone who has been in a combat position. If there is any politician who is aware of the cost of war, it is John Kerry. During the Vietnam War, he had shrapnel pierce his left arm and left leg and …

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Africa Talks on Al Jazeera: Critical Overview of Current Developments in Eritrea

Eritrea - Asmara

I  was fortunate enough to talk to Al Jazeera today and I tried to give critical overview of current developments in Eritrea. Since it was short notice and I didn’t have enough time and preparation to fit all my notes during live interview, I have decided to post the video and a couple of …

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