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Under African Skies

15 Sekunden vorwärts
15 Sekunden vorwärts

Africa is the second largest continent in the world, both in land area and population. It has more than 1.2 billion people — most of them young and poor — living in 54 countries. If current demographic trends continue, Africa will account for a quarter of humanity by the middle of this century.

In Africa, conflicts are more often within countries rather than between them. Sudan and Ethiopia are current examples.

Today, al Qaeda and the Islamic State are active across Africa. So is the Wagner Group, a lawless private army loyal to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

And China’s ruling Communist Party has become a neo-imperialist power on the continent, exploiting African peoples and resources.

Joining host Cliff May to talk about Africa is Joshua Meservey.

He’s currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he focuses on African geopolitics, counterterrorism, and great power competition in Africa.

He was previously a research fellow for Africa at the Heritage Foundation. He’s also worked at the US Army Special Operations Command, for Church World Service based out of Nairobi, Kenya, and he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. And he’s a member of FDD’s National Security Network.

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