- PUBLIC HEALTH
While most of the world has been focused on the Zika virus in the Americas, Yellow Fever, another mosquito borne disease has been plaguing Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As of last week, 400 people have died with thousands more sick.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
The groundbreaking news reached me when I was in Bogotá in a meeting with the head of the Colombian Army: after more than 50 years of armed conflict, and four years of negotiations, the Colombian government and the leftist guerrilla group, the FARC, have reached a final peace agreement. The historic deal looks set to bring to an end the longest running war of recent history. The agreement is cause for huge celebration, but an official end to war with the FARC is only the start of the road to peace.
Turkey is facing a new danger – brain drain.
On July 15, a group within the Turkish military staged a coup.
It failed. But since then, the Turkish government has restricted rights and freedoms of its people. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stepped up the pressure on Fethullah Gulen and his supporters. Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, had been allied with the Turkish government, but now stands with his supporters accused of orchestrating the failed coup.
The Bear is back. It’s happening on the ground in and around Ukraine, inside the virtual inboxes of the Democratic National Committee and at American news organizations. Russian cyberattacks are yielding eye-popping headlines warning not only of a return to Cold War-style behavior, but of the relative decline of American capabilities and power.
On Saturday, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced his country’s plan to invest $30 billion in Africa over the next three years. At the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), Abe told attendees that Japan will invest $10 billion on infrastructure development in Africa. The investment, geared for urban transport systems, electrical power, roads and ports, will commence this year. "We have a feeling in our gut that in Africa, where possibilities abound, Japan can grow vigorously," said Abe.