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Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Spotted

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The good news is they have been spotted. The bad news is the USA is reducing the number of surveillance flights and there is no strategy to secure the girls’ release. “Recent U.S. surveillance flights over northeastern Nigeria showed what appeared to be large groups of girls held together in remote locations, raising hopes among domestic and foreign officials that they are among the group that Boko Haram abducted from a boarding school in April, U.S. and Nigerian officials said. The surveillance suggests that at least some of the 219 schoolgirls still held captive haven’t been forced into marriage or sex slavery, as had been feared, but instead are being used as bargaining chips for the release of prisoners.” (WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1zShfUS)

Obama  Announces Big Pledges at Africa Leaders Summit…”In his remarks to the summit’s U.S.-Africa Business Forum, Obama discussed pledges of more than $14 billion by various American businesses for help with projects involving clean energy, aviation, banking and construction. Coca-Cola will help provide clean water, General Electric will assist with infrastructure development, and Marriott will build more hotels, Obama said…The president discussed a total of $33 billion in public and private commitments, including $7 billion in new financing to promote U.S. exports and investments in Africa and $12 billion in help from the president’s Power Africa initiative involving private-sector partners, the World Bank and the government of Sweden.” (USA Today http://usat.ly/1kFcRoU)

Global Dispatches Podcast: The Nancy Birdsall interview:  http://bit.ly/1zSfZRz

Ebola Outbreak

The World Bank said that it would provide up to $200 million to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the West African nations contain a deadly Ebola outbreak. (AP http://yhoo.it/1miWJEH)

Liberian officials say they are working hard to correct problems resulting in a backlog of the collection and burial of Ebola-related bodies. (VOA http://bit.ly/1o9ct2w)

A U.S. missionary who contracted Ebola has been evacuated from Liberia aboard a special medical flight. Nancy Writebol was flown out of Monrovia Tuesday and is expected to arrive in the United States later in the day. (VOA http://bit.ly/1mj0pGt)

Doctors in Saudi Arabia are testing a patient suspected of having contracted Ebola during a trip to West Africa, hit by an epidemic of the virus, the health ministry said Tuesday. (Yahoo http://yhoo.it/1miYyBi)

Lagos has eight suspected cases of Ebola, all in people who came into contact with Nigeria’s first victim who died last month, the health commissioner said on Tuesday, with one case confirmed. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1mj2h22)

Africa

Amnesty International accused Nigeria’s military and its supporting civilian militia on Tuesday of “extensive human rights violations” in their fight against Boko Haram in the country’s northeast. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1o9amMl)

A leading Sudanese opposition party called for a transitional government to help resolve multiple crises in the impoverished, war-ravaged nation. (AP http://yhoo.it/1miWvxp)

In a joint assault on a Ugandan rebel movement, the Congolese army and UN troops have freed more than 250 civilian hostages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior official said. (AP http://yhoo.it/1o99oj1)

A new development bank launched by emerging economies will help all nations in distress to return to health, South African President Jacob Zuma said. (AP http://yhoo.it/1o99PKf)

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday arrested senior opposition lawmaker Jean-Bertrand Ewanga, a day after a rally to oppose any extension of presidential rule, his party said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1o9aVFN)

The UN’s refugee agency says is it dismayed by the killing of an aid worker in a new outbreak of fighting in South Sudan. (AP http://yhoo.it/1miYMIF)

Somalia’s government asked for help Tuesday, warning the war-torn nation once again faced a hunger and drought catastrophe three years after famine killed more than a quarter of a million people. (AP http://yhoo.it/1miYS3e)

A humanitarian aid worker was shot and killed Monday in Upper Nile state in South Sudan, as talks to restore peace in the country resumed in Addis Ababa. (VOA http://bit.ly/1mj0ycY)

Her family said they were going on a vacation. But Nimco Ali was taken to a woman who performed female genital mutilation. Now Ali is helping the more than 100,000 girls in the U.K. possibly at risk. (NPR http://n.pr/1mj1BJP)

MENA

Israel’s continuing restrictions on economic development in Palestine are causing so much suffering and such “deep resentment” that they now threaten to undermine rather than preserve the country’s security, a cross-party group of British MPs has warned. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1zSgrzq)

The UN Security Council has backed Lebanon’s military action against extremist groups but urged it to stay out of the conflict in neighbouring Syria, as Beirut vowed no leniency for the “terrorist killers”. (AP http://yhoo.it/1o99E1x)

Asia

Bangladeshi garment workers staging a hunger strike for nine days to press for back-pay and a holiday bonus clashed with police in the capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday, police and witnesses said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1o9azz7)

Cambodia says it has asked China to restrict the number of visas it issues to single Cambodian women, to prevent the brokering of marriages to Chinese men. (VOA http://bit.ly/1o9dojz)

Not really Asia, but noteworthy: About 730,000 Ukrainians have left the country for Russia this year due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, the European head of the United Nations agency for refugees said on Tuesday, pointing to a far bigger exodus than previously thought. (AP http://yhoo.it/1o9b3oG)

The Americas

A US program in Cuba that secretly used an HIV-prevention workshop for political activism was criticized by international public health officials and members of Congress who said such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world. (AP http://yhoo.it/1miX767)

Over the last few months some 13,000 Munduruku have been protesting against the Brazilian government’s plans to build a series of hydroelectric dams that will flood part of their land on the upper reaches of the Tapajos river. (BBC http://bbc.in/1miZw0E)

A group of banks may be about to buy some of the Argentine bonds owned by a group of creditors demanding repayment in full on their $1.5 billion stash of Argentine debt. (VOA http://bit.ly/1o9d3NI)

USAID and The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $100 million Global Resilience Partnership that lays out a bold new vision for building resilience to chronic stresses and increasing shocks in communities across Africa and Asia. (USAID http://bit.ly/1mj1rSX)

Opinion/Blogs

U.N.’s “Responsibility to Protect” Another Casualty in Gaza (IPS http://bit.ly/1mj212W)

Why African Stats Are Often Wrong (CGD http://bit.ly/1miZshl)

Interview with outgoing Africa Great Lakes Special Envoy Mary Robinson (IRIN http://bit.ly/1o9c9kn)

We should defend the rights of Gaza’s children (ODI http://bit.ly/1miZRAd)

“Just Turn the Volume Up”: An Interview with Afrikan Boy (Think African Press http://bit.ly/1o9cnrV)

Will Climate Change Lead to Conflict or Cooperation? (IPS http://bit.ly/1o9dVSK)

Research/Reports

Poorly fed children rob Africa of up to 16 percent of its potential growth, making investment in programs to end malnutrition as critical to the continent’s future as building bridges and roads, African leaders and development officials said. (TRF http://bit.ly/1o9ewnn)

Impact of religion on security risk management (EISF http://bit.ly/1mj1kXs)

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Middle East; Ebola; Syria

Middle East: The SG commended Israeli and Palestinian parties for committing to a 72-hour ceasefire that took place at 8 a.m. local time today. He urges all parties to abide by the ceasefire and commence peace talks in Cairo to address underlying issues and agree on a durable ceasefire to sustainably stop the violence. The UN lends its full support toward these efforts.

Ebola: The second of two US aid workers infected with the virus arrived at Emory University Hospital today to be treated in isolation. Two additional patients that traveled to West Africa are being tested in New York and Ohio, but “odds are this is not Ebola” according to chief medical officer at Mount Sinai Hospital. The World Bank also announced a contribution up to $200 million toward assisting the epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Syria: The Special Coordinator for the OPCW-UN Joint Mission briefed the Security Council via teleconference today on the Mission’s work reporting that Syria’s chemical weapons have completely been removed from the country. Despite continued fighting along access routes in Syria, WFP reached 3.7 million people in July and hopes to aid 4.25 million.

Iraq: OCHA reported that displaced families in Iraq are in need of food, water, shelter, and health care services. UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, and UNFPA have distributed supplies and are working with local authorities to facilitate further assistance. UNICEF reported that 40 minority children have died as a consequence of the violence and repeats its call for the protection of children and their access to humanitarian aid. Regarding the Islamic State’s attack on Sinjar and Tal Afar, Ambassador Power condemned the attack and urged all parties “to allow safe access to the United Nations and its partners so they can deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance.”

Libya: UNHCR expressed concern for the safety of refugees in Libya amid ongoing conflict as 37,000 are registered with the Agency in Tripoli and Benghazi. Many are risking their lives to reach Europe as more than 1,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. UNHCR continues to deliver assistance to refugees and has urged Libyan authorities to reduce exit visa restrictions and the governments of Egypt and Tunisia to keep their borders open to those seeking international protection.

Ukraine: UNHCR estimated that more than 117,000 people are displaced within Ukraine and called for a registration system for those displaced in order to improve relief efforts.

Afghanistan: UNAMA expressed its condolences to those international servicemen, including a U.S. General, that were killed in an incident at a military training academy near Kabul today. The SRSG for Iraq called the incident a tragedy and noted the critical role that international forces perform in Afghanistan’s future security and stability.

South Sudan: UNMISS condemned the killing of five South Sudanese NGO employees by the Mabanese Defense Forces and sent peacekeepers to the region to protect UN and humanitarian personnel and civilians. UNMISS also called upon authorities to bring justice to the individuals responsible for the murders.

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Want to Stop Ebola? Then Pony Up!

If the international community is really serious about stopping the spread of Ebola, it will cost them some money. $71,053,413 to be precise. This is the amount that the World Health Organization is requesting for the fight against Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea between now and December. Whether or not this response plan is funded in the next six months is a good proxy of the extent to which international community actually cares about stopping Ebola in its tracks, or whether it willing to tolerate a festering outbreak in west Africa.

Part of the reason that this ebola outbreak is so hard to contain is that it is so geographically spread out. There are multiple foci spread across four countries. To stop the spread in anyone of these hot spots requires a team of health workers, epidemiologists, medical anthropologists, plus lab equipment,  protective gear, and facilities to isolate patients and hygienically bury the dead. This is a pretty massive undertaking and the sheer number of hot spots has stretched the capacity of the international responders and national systems beyond their breaking points.

There is simply not enough personnel, equipment or cash on hand to contain the outbreak.  There are troubling reports of a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia running out of beds in its isolation unit; of hospitals demanding payments from symptomatic patients; of a “dearth of personal protective equipment” for health workers on the frontline (which is why so many doctors are getting infected). Beyond that, public awareness and public information efforts are faltering-in many places local populations are hostile to health workers, which undermines surveillance and containment efforts.

What’s needed above all else is money to correct these problems: to fund the deployment of more health workers; to purchase and deploy equipment; and to boost community awareness about the disease.

The WHO launched its response plan on July 31 with a $100 million emergency appeal. So far it has received a little under $30 million, leaving a $71 million gap. Without these resources, there will be no stopping the spread of Ebola in West Africa and around the world.

UPDATE: Good news. the World Bank announced a big pledge to fight the ebola epidemic in west Africa. The World Bank will disperse up to $200 million to both emergency efforts and  long term projects to shore up the health systems of affected countries. The precise amount that will go toward the WHO’s emergency $100 million appeal is still being worked out, but World Bank spokesperson Phil Hay told me this will be a “consequential sum,” that is “definitely in the tens of millions of dollars.”

Update II: USAID announced today that it’s contributing an additional 5 million to the WHO’s response plan and also deploying an emergency Disaster Assistance Response Team to the field.

Bonus Content: A WHO perspective on why this outbreak has been so hard to contain

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Meanwhile, in USAID-Cuba News

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A scoop from the Associated Press: The US government hired young operatives from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to gin up opposition in Cuba. “USAID hired Creative Associates International, a Washington-based company, as part of a civil society program against Cuba’s communist government. The same company was central to the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” — a messaging network revealed in April by The Associated Press, designed to reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans. According to internal documents obtained by the AP and interviews in six countries, USAID’s young operatives posed as tourists, visited college campuses and used a ruse that could undermine USAID’s credibility in critical health work around the world: An HIV-prevention workshop one called the “perfect excuse” to recruit political activists, according to a report by Murillo’s group. For all the risks, some travelers were paid as little as $5.41 an hour. (AP http://yhoo.it/1tNOYym

5 findings about USAID travelers’ program in Cuba http://yhoo.it/1s5aSZQ

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola has spread in Nigeria: a doctor who treated a Liberian traveller has fallen ill with the disease. (Al Jazeera http://aje.me/1zPewM1)

Medical teams struggling to curb Ebola in west Africa have been discouraging bush meat consumption, believed to have caused the outbreak, but some rural communities dependent on the meat for protein are determined to continue their traditional hunting practices. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1s4YFEz)

The United States is sending at least 50 disease-control specialists to West Africa to help find, respond to and stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed more than 700 lives. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNKtnh)

Monrovia’s overcrowded and understaffed Elwa Hospital has had to turn away Ebola cases this week, a scenario exacerbated by the withdrawal of some international staff following the infection of two U.S. health workers here. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1s4WC3b)

 Africa

The United States will announce nearly $1 billion in business deals, increase funding for peacekeeping and commit billions of dollars to expanding food and power programs in Africa during a summit this week, U.S. and development officials say. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1tNGuY7)

More donor support is needed to help close the $1.5 billion funding gap in the Sahel this year and protect the livelihoods of the estimated 20.2 million people who are at risk of food insecurity. Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion dollar appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region has been met by donors as of July, according to OCHA. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1tNIRKo

The International Organization for Migration this week begins a river transport service for critically ill cholera patients, taking them to treatment centers in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNKCHo)

Africans see jobs, education and security as their biggest areas of concern, according to a poll on Monday conducted by ONE, the anti-poverty campaign. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1s4WnFm)

Nigeria accounts for one third of all new AIDS infections among children in the 20 worst hit countries in sub-Saharan Africa. (IPS http://bit.ly/1s4VEnM)

While most industries in Zimbabwe are shutting down, the food business continues to thrive. (IPS http://bit.ly/1tNG04f)

South Sudan’s foreign minister says President Salva Kiir will seek Washington’s assistance in ending over seven months of conflict at the U.S. – Africa summit scheduled to begin this week. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNJunb)

MENA

Claiming it had achieved most of its objectives and pressured by Western allies to stop causing civilian casualties in Gaza, Israel moved to wind down its operations there on Monday — either unilaterally or through a new Egyptian-brokered cease-fire announced late in the day. (NYT http://nyti.ms/1zPeJPm)

The Israeli military has told residents of several neighborhoods in Gaza that they may return home, seeming to indicate that the operation to destroy infiltration tunnels has ended in these parts of the enclave. However, most Gazans say they do not believe they will be safe. (VOA http://bit.ly/1s4ZLjv)

Reconstruction in Gaza, where heavy Israeli bombardment in a war with Islamist militants has caused widespread devastation and displaced a half-million people, will cost at least $6 billion, the Palestinian deputy prime minister says. (VOA http://bit.ly/1s55W7j)

Asia

Women and children are badly affected by the rise in alcohol consumption in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. (IPS http://bit.ly/1s4Vpce)

Fleeing the violence in North Waziristan, displaced Pakistanis are confronting a new enemy in southern Sindh Province – prejudice. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1tNHmMl)

Authorities in Bangladesh say an overloaded ferry carrying at least 200 passengers has sunk on a river in central Bangladesh. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNKnfD)

Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor, but now some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNKS9s)

The Americas

Indigenous people in Costa Rica, hemmed in by violent attacks from farmers and ranchers who invade their land and burn down their homes, have found a new ally: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who met with 36 native leaders during a recent visit to this country. (IPS http://bit.ly/1tNJjZd)

Colombian experts are investigating whether a soldier who died on Sunday after buying poisoned pork was the victim of left-wing rebels. (BBC http://bbc.in/1s4Xaq0)

Opinion/Blogs

Ten Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the North Over Trade (IPS http://bit.ly/1tNFbZd)

Why has Africa fallen behind the rest of the world’s economies? (Guardian http://bit.ly/1tNJ3Jx)

Development blog: AGOA: Is It About Opportunities or Arm-Twisting? (CGD http://bit.ly/1tNTRYd)

Turn On, Retweet, Tune Out (Foreign Policy http://atfp.co/XxOdfv)

Have recent global health gains gone to the poor? (Brett Keller http://bit.ly/1o7klBE)

We should defend the rights of Gaza’s children (ODI http://bit.ly/1o7kGo2)

USA’s Latin America policy finally grows up (Cherokee Gothic http://bit.ly/1ugtlEa)

Development blog: What Is Good about the Good Country Index? (CGD http://bit.ly/1o7kW6r)

Medical teams struggling to curb Ebola in west Africa have been discouraging bush meat consumption, believed to have caused the outbreak, but some rural communities dependent on the meat for protein are determined to continue their traditional hunting practices. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1s4YFEz)

The United States is sending at least 50 disease-control specialists to West Africa to help find, respond to and stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed more than 700 lives. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNKtnh)

Monrovia’s overcrowded and understaffed Elwa Hospital has had to turn away Ebola cases this week, a scenario exacerbated by the withdrawal of some international staff following the infection of two U.S. health workers here. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1s4WC3b)

Africa

The United States will announce nearly $1 billion in business deals, increase funding for peacekeeping and commit billions of dollars to expanding food and power programs in Africa during a summit this week, U.S. and development officials say. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1tNGuY7)

More donor support is needed to help close the $1.5 billion funding gap in the Sahel this year and protect the livelihoods of the estimated 20.2 million people who are at risk of food insecurity. Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion dollar appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region has been met by donors as of July, according to OCHA. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1tNIRKo)

The International Organization for Migration this week begins a river transport service for critically ill cholera patients, taking them to treatment centers in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNKCHo)

Africans see jobs, education and security as their biggest areas of concern, according to a poll on Monday conducted by ONE, the anti-poverty campaign. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1s4WnFm)

Nigeria accounts for one third of all new AIDS infections among children in the 20 worst hit countries in sub-Saharan Africa. (IPS http://bit.ly/1s4VEnM)

While most industries in Zimbabwe are shutting down, the food business continues to thrive. (IPS http://bit.ly/1tNG04f)

South Sudan’s foreign minister says President Salva Kiir will seek Washington’s assistance in ending over seven months of conflict at the U.S. – Africa summit scheduled to begin this week. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNJunb)

MENA

Claiming it had achieved most of its objectives and pressured by Western allies to stop causing civilian casualties in Gaza, Israel moved to wind down its operations there on Monday — either unilaterally or through a new Egyptian-brokered cease-fire announced late in the day. (NYT http://nyti.ms/1zPeJPm)

The Israeli military has told residents of several neighborhoods in Gaza that they may return home, seeming to indicate that the operation to destroy infiltration tunnels has ended in these parts of the enclave. However, most Gazans say they do not believe they will be safe. (VOA http://bit.ly/1s4ZLjv)

Reconstruction in Gaza, where heavy Israeli bombardment in a war with Islamist militants has caused widespread devastation and displaced a half-million people, will cost at least $6 billion, the Palestinian deputy prime minister says. (VOA http://bit.ly/1s55W7j)

Asia

Women and children are badly affected by the rise in alcohol consumption in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. (IPS http://bit.ly/1s4Vpce)

Fleeing the violence in North Waziristan, displaced Pakistanis are confronting a new enemy in southern Sindh Province – prejudice. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1tNHmMl)

Authorities in Bangladesh say an overloaded ferry carrying at least 200 passengers has sunk on a river in central Bangladesh. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNKnfD)

Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor, but now some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. (VOA http://bit.ly/1tNKS9s)

The Americas

Indigenous people in Costa Rica, hemmed in by violent attacks from farmers and ranchers who invade their land and burn down their homes, have found a new ally: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who met with 36 native leaders during a recent visit to this country. (IPS http://bit.ly/1tNJjZd)

Colombian experts are investigating whether a soldier who died on Sunday after buying poisoned pork was the victim of left-wing rebels. (BBC http://bbc.in/1s4Xaq0)

Opinion/Blogs

Ten Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the North Over Trade (IPS http://bit.ly/1tNFbZd)

Why has Africa fallen behind the rest of the world’s economies? (Guardian http://bit.ly/1tNJ3Jx)

Development blog: AGOA: Is It About Opportunities or Arm-Twisting? (CGD http://bit.ly/1tNTRYd)

Turn On, Retweet, Tune Out (Foreign Policy http://atfp.co/XxOdfv)

Have recent global health gains gone to the poor? (Brett Keller http://bit.ly/1o7klBE)

We should defend the rights of Gaza’s children (ODI http://bit.ly/1o7kGo2)

USA’s Latin America policy finally grows up (Cherokee Gothic http://bit.ly/1ugtlEa)

Development blog: What Is Good about the Good Country Index? (CGD http://bit.ly/1o7kW6r)

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Middle East; Iraq; Afghanistan

Middle East: The SG condemned yesterday’s shelling outside of an UNRWA school in Rafah that killed at least 10 Palestinian civilians. The SG stated that the attack violated international humanitarian law and UN shelters must continue to be safe zones and not combat zones. UN Humanitarian officials also expressed concern over the unfolding health disaster in Gaza as the region’s medical facilities are on the verge of collapse due to the three weeks of conflict. OCHA reported that 1,777 Palestinians and 66 Israelis have been killed. Despite Israel’s proposed seven-hour ceasefire for today, Hamas did not agree and the international community continues to call for a ceasefire as parties met in Cairo over the weekend to discuss terms of agreement.

Iraq: The SG expressed alarm over Islamic State forces taking over Sinjar and Tal Afar districts in Iraq. The SRSG for Iraq reported 200,000 displaced civilians in need of food, water, and shelter. The SG called on the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to work together to address the security needs of the country. UNAMI and OCHA continue to work with humanitarian partners to provide supplies to meet the needs of those displaced.

Afghanistan: The audit process for Afghanistan’s Presidential election run-off results continues as the UN called for the full commitment of parties to complete the process without further interruption. An airlift operation was launched to collect ballot boxes in Kabul for auditing under domestic and international observers, UN advisors and media.

Libya: UNSMIL welcomed the meeting of the Council of Representatives as it provides the necessary steps to safeguard the security, safety, unity, and sovereignty of Libya to provide an environment of inclusive political dialogue. UNSMIL continues to condemn the violence in Tripoli and Benghazi and called for an immediate ceasefire.

Ebola: WHO and West African leaders continue to call for contributions from the international community for the $100 million response plan to fight the spread of Ebola as reports indicate that the death toll has risen to 887 out of 1,603 cases. WHO Chief Margaret Chan announced that WHO will convene an Emergency Committee meeting on August 6-7 to determine whether the outbreak constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern.” The two US aid workers infected with the virus are to be treated at Emory University Hospital in Georgia.

Africa Summit: Leaders from across the African continent convene this week in D.C. for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit . The Summit focuses on investment in up-and-coming economies in Africa as well as democracy-building, education and health care. Ambassador Power spoke at the Summit today regarding the Open Government Partnership (OGP) as a “new, modern, multilateral network that brings civil society together as an equal partner with government.”

South Asia: OCHA reported that over 100 people were killed by a landslide in India. The Government of India is working to clear debris and recover bodies and OCHA’s Asia Pacific regional office is in close contact with Indian authorities. Heavy South Asian rains caused another landslide in Nepal on Saturday with an expected death toll of 150. The Resident Coordinator is working with humanitarian agencies to prepare a response.

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Episode 28: Nancy Birdsall

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Nancy Birdsall’s career includes long stints at the the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank before founding her own cutting edge research institution. The international development pioneer and founder of the Center for Global Development discusses how she got her start in international development in the 1960s and how the field has changed since then.

It’s an interesting conversation with great digressions and diversions about the history of the American approach to international development. The conversation kicks off with a discussion of the African Leaders summit underway in DC.

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Previous episodes

Why this Ebola Outbreak is So Hard to Contain

Episode 27: Daniel Drezner, counter-intuitive wonk

How to Negotiate a Gaza Ceasefire

Episode 25: Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE, USA. Long-time AIDS-Fighter

How Humanity is Winning the Fight Against AIDS

Episode 24: Joseph Cirincione, Nuclear Policy Wonk 

A Migrant’s Story: Why are So Many Children Fleeing to the USA?

Episode 23: Live from the UN 2014 (Volume 2); A special edition with a slew of UN officials.

Inside the Iran Nuke Talks

Episode 23: Jillian York, Digital Free Speech defender

Turkey’s Strategic Interests in Iraq

Episode 22: Live from the UN, 2014 (Vol 1); A special edition, featuring the President of the General Assembly,  the UN Ambassadors from Vietnam and Jamaica, the head of the UN Association, and more!

The UN’s View of the Iraq Crisis

Episode 21: Thomas Pickering, former Ambassador to the UN, Israel, Jordan, Russia, India and more.

Dying for the World Cup

Episode 20: Jessica Tuchman Matthews, foreign policy trendsetter

Egypt After the Counter Revolution 

Episode 19: Louise Arbour, human rights pioneer.

What Obama Left Out of His Big Foreign Policy Speech

Episode 18: Zalmay Khalizad, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the UN.

Why Libya is Suddenly on the Verge of a Civil War 

Episode 17: Gov Bill Richardson, he frees hostages.

The Foreign Policy Implications of India’s Elections

Episode 16: Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children

What Boko Haram Wants

Episode: 15 Laura Turner Seydel, philanthropist

Episode 14: Douglas Ollivant, Iraq expert

Episode 13: Gary Bass, historian

Episode 12: Mark Montgomery, demographer

Episode 11: Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watcher

Episode 10: Live from the UN, Volume 2.

Episode 9: Mia Farrow, humanitarian activist and Goodwill Ambassador

Episode 8: Suzanne Nossel, Big Thinker

Episode 7: Live from the UN, Volume 1. 

Episode 6: PJ Crowley, former State Department Spokesperson

Episode 5: Octavia Nasr, reporter

Episode 4: Arsalan Iftikhar, “The Muslim Guy”

Episode 3: Dodge Billingsley, filmmaker.

Episode 2: Laura Seay,  @TexasinAfrica

Episode 1: Heather Hurlburt, national security wonk

 

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