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A road snakes through the Atewa forest in Ghana on Sept. 5, 2019. The road was built by the Ghanaian government to allow researchers to sample soil ahead of the start of mining operations.

Ghana’s Bauxite Boom

Chinese investment has led to a crush of infrastructure development in Ghana’s tropical forests—and not everyone is happy about it.

Oil pipelines are seen running through Okrika, a town in the Niger River delta in Nigeria, on Oct. 4, 2004.

The Time Is Right for African Nations to Break the Resource Curse

With oil prices low, the region’s major oil-exporting economies have a chance to unlink their economies from natural resources.

A Congolese man digs through mine waste searching for left over cobalt. May 31, 2015.

From Blackwater to Batteries

Erik Prince has moved beyond mercenary armies. His next project is mining minerals in Congo and Afghanistan to help power electric cars. It’s unlikely to help conflict-ridden countries—and could harm them.

(Joan Wong for Foreign Policy)

The Tourism Curse

Like a wealth of oil, lots of visitors can become a development trap. Here’s how to avoid it.

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Do Your Generals Speak Economics?

Why the military can't fix a broken foreign economy — and possibly shouldn't be asked to.

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