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Engaging with the world to support Botswana’s success

On many measures, Botswana has a strong foundation for success in the future: it has a stable democracy, good governance and government institutions, and solid national security. However, its single-commodity economy, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and regional and continental instability remain … Continue reading

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Reading Post: The Global Politics of the Ebola Epidemic

  Across all three readings related to the Ebola crisis in western Africa, a common theme that emerges is the persistent prioritization of foreign powers’ own interests over individual humanitarian concerns on the African continent. It is entirely rational for … Continue reading

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Botswana and the importance of foreign countries

Though China’s rise in Africa has been a common refrain, in Botswana China does not appear to have an especially prominent role. Rather, there is a diverse medley of foreign states that matter to Botswana in varying degrees along economic … Continue reading

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News Post: The fees must fall movement in South Africa

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/31/opinion/my-south-african-university-is-on-fire.html This article by a South African professor discusses the current protests–termed the “fees must fall” movement–at many South African universities over rising tuition costs and the persisting racial and economic inequality in obtaining higher education. These protests have been ongoing … Continue reading

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Botswana and violent conflict

Botswana’s involvement in violent conflict is marked by regional and international actions: Though Botswana is notable on the continent for its lack of violent conflicts in its history, this stability has made it vulnerable to extensive violent spillover from neighboring … Continue reading

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Foreign Aid in Botswana

Botswana’s experiences with foreign aid conflict with Dambisa Moyo’s argument that aid has been harmful to African countries. Though Botswana receives extensive development and humanitarian aid, it is generally considered a development success, which could be largely attributed to the … Continue reading

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Relations between Botswana and the United States

The United States’ relations with Botswana reflect the utility of Botswana as a springboard for achieving the U.S.’s goals on the continent as a whole. Though Botswana itself is not of huge strategic importance to the U.S., the two countries have experienced … Continue reading

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The political institutions of Botswana and their impact on foreign policy

In relation to other African states, Botswana’s political system is often considered a high-achieving outlier. Its relatively strong, democratic political institutions and inclusive political culture have enabled the state to translate its natural resource wealth into goods and services for the people of the … Continue reading

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Pre-Colonial & Colonial Legacies in Botswana Compared to Eritrea

Compared to Eritrea, Botswana has experienced greater economic and political stability post-independence partially due to two related factors: 1) Botswana experienced less intrusive and less destructive European colonial policies than Eritrea, and 2) Botswana’s pre-colonial system is more reflected in … Continue reading

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