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Why is redrawing the artificial borders not a viable solution to conflicted states?

Because trying to redraw the border would just start the next round of wars. Most ethnic groups overlap their neighbors -- especially when countries have large capitals or ports that attract people ...
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Is there any African country that actively express disagreement or resistance against Wagner?

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo used a meeting with the US Secretary of State at the December 2022 US-Africa Leaders Summit to condemn the group's alleged presence in neighbouring Burkina Faso and ...
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Why do small African island nations perform better than African continental nations, considering democracy and human development?

Overview You don't really need anything more than random chance and the statistical anomaly that flows from specifying that the island nations be "small" to explain the pattern observed, ...
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On what basis does Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni demonstrate himself to be an actual ally to the United states?

The internal policies are fairly irrelevant, that's not what "ally" means. Museveni is called an ally as he has supported the US in its foreign policies, particularly the "war on terror&...
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Why do some African countries use the CFA franc if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies?

Depositing is not exactly “paying”. In fact, the Banque de France paid interest on that money and is currently transferring it back to African central banks (as part of a broader transition out of the ...
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What did Trump mean by "Nambia"?

This isn't a definitive statement of what President Trump intended to say, or the original written content, but the White House transcript of the speech has apparently replaced "Nambia" with "Namibia"....
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Why is redrawing the artificial borders not a viable solution to conflicted states?

All the talk about “arbitrary borders” obscures the real problem. It's the very notion of the nation-state and modern borders that are in a sense arbitrary and seldom map to the political and cultural ...
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Does France deny the support of genocide in African countries and mass-massacre of Algerian people?

France apologised for the Sétif & Guelma massacre in 2005, which is the only accusation of french genocide in Algeria that I'm aware of, however even the largest estimate of the death toll sits at ...
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Why are African countries willing to accept Chinese loans when they are not seen as sustainable?

What about looking at it through principal agent problem? From country perspective decision seems bad. However, from politician perspective the decision seems good: he may get some bribe or at least ...
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Why is Egypt not able to stop the building of a dam in Ethiopia?

Based on this article, it would seem that Egypt implicitly recognizes Ethiopia has a legitimate right to build a dam, and that both Egypt and Ethiopia want an international agreement, including Sudan, ...
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Clear and concrete definition of "Third World"

Originally, as you noted in your quote from NPR, the third world meant those countries who were neither part of the western/NATO alliance or the communist bloc. Because those countries tended to be ...
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Clear and concrete definition of "Third World"

Other answers discuss the use of "Third World" by Alfred Sauvy, and the subsequent application of the term to less economically developed countries in general. It's worth noting that "...
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Is Africa the only continent where chattel slavery still exists?

After 2014, that is no longer the case (see @indigochild's answer for pre-2014 status); because ISIS practices what amounts to chattel slavery, on the continent of Asia. They buy and sell slaves and ...
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Why is China trying to develop Africa?

A market, a manufacturing base, a source of raw materials, and a network of allies Not everything that a country does is always defined by narrow self-interest. However a more economically developed ...
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Is there any African country that actively express disagreement or resistance against Wagner?

I appreciate this essay doesn't answer the question directly as asked, but I feel it is a useful exploration of why there is generally so little (relatively weak) criticism of Wagner from African ...
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Why does the US seem to have a rather low economic interest in Africa?

The US lack of economic interest in Africa is probably a consequence of its lack of military interest, combined with lingering effects of the Monroe doctrine. For much of the 20th century after WW2 ...
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Why does the U.S. keep pushing "the debt trap" narrative in Africa when China is not the major source of debt distress in Africa?

The 2018 CARI paper concludes that China is not a big source of distress overall for Africa. It does not exclude that it might be for some African countries. The BBC summarized an earlier iteration of ...
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Is the success of Chinese economic model in Africa a threat to Western interests?

I think that there a few intermingled issues in this question: Chinese model - authoritarian government, more or less free economy (in their case especially considering safety net, while technically ...
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Why isn't Somalia a part of the East African Federation?

Probably because of Somalia's internal troubles but also because of their disputes with Kenya. The proposed future federation basically coincides with the EAC (East African Community), and Somalia ...
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Can the ICC try Ethiopia or any country involved in the Tigray war for war crimes?

The legal justification presented for the ICC's jurisdiction over Putin's actions in Ukraine is that Ukraine, despite not being a signatory, has granted the ICC in this matter: Ukraine is not a State ...
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Why does the US seem to have a rather low economic interest in Africa?

I think this has more to do with economics than politics. Trade occurs because one country has something another country needs. The classic apples/oranges example of comparative advantage comes to ...
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Why have so many countries withdrawn recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic?

Your suspicions are correct in at least some cases - the withdrawal of recognition seems to mostly be as a result of Moroccan diplomatic and economic pressure. In Morocco and the African Union - ...
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Migrant from Africa to Europe by sea from North Africa

Australia reduced its number of illegal boat arrivals from 25,173 in 2012 to 0 in 2015. This is largely seen as a result of stricter policies regarding illegal immigration. The EU could presumably ...
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Why are African countries willing to accept Chinese loans when they are not seen as sustainable?

Because failing to repay Chinese loans is nowhere as bad as Western propaganda makes it out to be. In this working paper, we draw on data from the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) to review ...
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What are the incentives for CFA countries to remain under France's financial umbrella?

According to DW, which is arguably an European (German) source, but probably not very French enamoured: Guinea quit the CFA monetary zone in 1960, followed by Mali in 1962 and Madagascar and ...
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What were the effects of non-nationally divided states in Africa?

There are three theories of ethnic conflict, each of which provides a different expectation for Africa. These theories are summarized here (Williams, 2015). That article has many citations, so I won't ...
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How much influence does Saudi Arabia have over Nigeria?

The Washington Post article you cite largely discusses ties between Saudi Arabia and individuals in Nigeria who helped build a Salafi community in northern Nigeria. The article emphasizes Saudi Arabia'...
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