Tomorrow's Battlefield: US Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa by Nick Turse is a must read. Although his Politics may be left of center ( He writes for the Nation and is the managing editor at TomDispatch) Mr. Turse has crafted a collection of articles that in some ways matches what you see here on Confused Eagle.
AFRICOM is a topic that appears often in his writings. The Debate between him and the Public Affaris Office at AFRICOM at the end of the book is a very informative look at how the Pentagon Presence in Africa is a very controversial Notion.
It appears that as this year advances that there will be controversial elections in Africa. ISIS/Daesh and Al Qaeda will attempt to expand their influence outside of their bases in Libya and Syria. Im sure that copious amounts of ink will be used to offer solutions to these issues as they emerge.
There is some interesting Financial News regarding Africa as well today. Prudential Financial announced that it will partner with LeapFrog Investments to invest $350 Million in African Insurers.
A list of Insurance Companies that are targeted for this project are located in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.
Subsaharan Africa with its growing Population, Rising Incomes and New Technology make the region an area that will be targeted for investment. By 2018 Insurance Premiums are expected to grow by 10% in Nigeria, 9% in Ghana and 8% in Kenya.
Also at the End of Jan. A meeting was held in Raliegh NC by AFRICOM, US Army Africa and leaders of the National Guard to discuss the future of the Partnership Program which links US National Guard Units to African Militiaries.
At this time there are 12 Partnerships currently in Operation
New York---->South Africa
North Dakota---->Ghana,Togo and Benin