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A ‘Marshall Plan’ for Africa’s employment challenge

By Tony O. Elumelu
January 3, 2014

To Africa’s many challenges, add one more: unemployment.

Unemployment, independent of any other factor, threatens to derail the economic promise that Africa deserves. It’s a time bomb with no geographical boundaries: Economists expect Africa to create 54 million new jobs by 2020, but 122 million Africans will enter the labor force during that time frame. Adding to this shortfall are tens of millions currently unemployed or underemployed, making the human and economic consequences nearly too large to imagine.

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Putin’s (un)happy new year

By William E. Pomeranz
December 31, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has bid farewell to 2013 with his state of the nation address, followed closely by his annual 4-plus-hour marathon news conference. He even managed to appear magnanimous, notably in his decision to pardon the imprisoned oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovksy.

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International pressure works on Putin

By Ben Judah and Gerald Knaus
December 19, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin had expected the grandest of guests for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi -- presidents, billionaires, the global big players.

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Turkey cashes in on the Iran talks

By Jonathan Schanzer
December 12, 2013

You may have thought the Geneva deal struck last month between Iran and the P5+1 nations (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) was a sweet one for Tehran -- getting billions in sanctions relief in exchange for mere promises to halt its nuclear program.

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Ukraine’s Protests: Not (yet) a revolution

By Matthew Rojansky
December 12, 2013

In the three weeks since Ukraine formally suspended talks aimed at signing an Association Agreement with the European Union, two important facts have become clear.

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Mandela and De Klerk: Essential partners

By Princeton N. Lyman
December 9, 2013

When Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. De Klerk began their historic negotiations to end apartheid, each man professed respect for the other. Indeed their relationship appeared not only professional, but personal.

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On meeting Mandela

By Joyce Purnick
December 7, 2013

Journalists are not easily impressed. We pride ourselves on our skepticism. (Most advisable of us, may I add.)

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Mandela’s message of reconciliation

By Arlene Getz
December 5, 2013

On the day that Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa’s first black president, I drove across the fault lines of segregated suburbia to watch his fellow citizens vote him into office.

Only paying teachers more will raise Britain to the top of the class

By Guest Contributor
December 4, 2013

–Vikas Pota is chief executive of the Varkey GEMS Foundation. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Bank of England’s focus on growth might stir ghost of inflation

By Guest Contributor
December 3, 2013

–Darren Williams is Senior European Economist at AllianceBernstein. The opinions expressed are his own.–