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Foreign Direct Investment In Africa Is Extremely Unbalanced
Three Brookings Institution scholars examined the trends of U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in sub-Saharan Africa and propose potential topics of focus for the forum to expand the US investment strategy with Africa.

One concern about FDI is that it tends to favor certain countries, namely predominantly resource-rich countries, such as South Africa with its precious metals and minerals as well as Nigeria with its oil reserves.

They, Mauritius and Nigeria receive a majority of FDI, indicating that natural resources remain a significant factor in attracting investors to the continent, according to a new Brookings Institution analysis.

US, Iran Have Much To Lose If Iraq Becomes An Islamic State
Ryan Crocker, a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan has co-authored an op-ed with William Luers, a former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and Czechoslovakia, and Thomas Pickering, former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, in which they put forth the argument that Iran and the US have a stake in preventing the establishment of an Islamic state in Iraq.

Where Do The World’s Young Live?
The Atlantic looks at where the majority of the world’s young people live – and the challenges those nations will face as a result of their demographic imbalance.

“Aging populations are usually a product of longer life expectancy and lower birth rates, which in turn result from improvements in health care and family planning. But in these countries, fewer working-age people can translate into slower economic growth and severe strain on social-welfare services (think Social Security in the U.S.).

“Countries with young populations face dilemmas of a different nature. So-called “youth bulges” can fuel instability (especially when so many of today’s youth are unemployed and economically marginalized), even as they inject much-needed dynamism into societies,” writes Uri Friedman.

Why Is France’s Policy On Islamic Headwear So Rigid?
The Economist offers an explanation for the hard line France takes with regard to Islamic headwear.

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