Robert I. Rotberg

Robert I. Rotberg is Fulbright Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

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Quelling Africa’s apocalypse

| April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
Quelling Africa’s apocalypse

The horsemen of the apocalypse are galloping through Africa. There is abundant war, in Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria and Somalia. There is pestilence and plague, with locusts swarming across northeastern and eastern Africa and the coronavirus, with its dangerous variants, […]

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Canada could host global tribunal

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Canada could host global tribunal

When global human rights activists and international affairs strategists campaigned for a new international tribunal to help to prevent future Rwandan genocides and other outrages, Canada was in the vanguard of those writing and creating the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). Likewise, when a similar cohort of important parties gathered together […]

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What Biden should do in Africa

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
What Biden should do in Africa

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Tony Blinken have not yet decided who will be in charge of Africa policy-making, but we already know that the nations of Africa will be respected, befriended and hardly consigned to the lavatory and schoolboy lavatory talk. Biden has travelled to Africa multiple times. Blinken, on Biden’s […]

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Two steps forward; one step back

| October 31, 2020 | 0 Comments
Two steps forward; one step back

Autocrats, even democrats, always find it hard to give up office — especially in Africa. Likewise, no matter how often the African Union condemns military coups and sanctifies elected heads of state, soldiers oust politicians and refuse to stay in their barracks. Equally, there are authoritarians who abuse and assassinate their opponents, squelch those who […]

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COVID-19 hits Africa

| August 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
COVID-19 hits Africa

Despite a woeful medical infrastructure, widespread disease, food insecurity and crowded urban slums, much of Africa — compared to the Americas and Europe — has largely been spared a wrenching public-health disturbance from this year’s raging coronavirus. So far. At the same time, economies throughout the continent have tanked and Africans have been thrown back […]

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Wanted: An anti-corruption court

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
Wanted: An anti-corruption court

Kleptocracy destroys countries from within. Kleptocrats turn sometime democracies into criminal states that plunder national resources and national patrimonies, depriving citizens of their rights, their tax revenues and their ability to determine policy priorities. A cacophony of African states — Angola, the Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, South Africa, […]

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Africa’s healthier than ever

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Africa’s healthier than ever

Africa’s current one billion or so residents are healthier than they have ever been, thanks to medical science, special attention to chronic disease remediation in several key countries and the efforts of several American philanthropic enterprises. Life expectancies are up and morbidity is mostly down, allowing Africans to work more productively, enjoy more leisure and […]

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Africa’s vanishing animals

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Africa’s vanishing animals

Note: This is part two in a series of two. Africa’s animals are being driven towards extinction, largely because of Chinese-sponsored poaching, but also because of rising Indigenous human populations and their pressure on available grazing land. As we saw in my last column (“Killing Off Africa’s Iconic Animals, Summer, 2019) elephants and rhinoceroses are […]

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Killing off Africa’s iconic animals

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Killing off Africa’s iconic animals

Many of the iconic fauna that are indelibly associated with Africa, and that attract so many local citizens and foreign tourists alike, no longer spread limitlessly across the vast savannahs of the mid-continent. Nor are many of the larger animals of the unbroken forest often visible. This century’s massive escalation of illegal poaching has decimated […]

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Africa’s economic prospects

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Africa’s economic prospects

Population numbers throughout most of Africa will continue to increase severely over the next 30 years. Unless women in sub-Saharan Africa suddenly stop having more than two and sometimes as many as seven children, the gross labour force, unskilled and skilled, in almost every country will continue to grow despite existing, and alarming, unemployment rates […]

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