Jon Kaiman and Noah Fowler
In a multi-part series for the Los Angeles Times, grantees Jon Kaiman and Noah Fowler explore the implications of China’s growing “soft power” across the African continent. Massive Chinese investment in highways, rail links, and ports—all constructed by state-owned companies—holds the promise of profits and influence for Beijing. “The Chinese march through Africa has come as U.S. engagement on the continent has been dialed down to its lowest level in years,” writes Jon. “President Trump has barely mentioned Africa in his public statements, and his ‘America first’ rhetoric, some Africa experts say, is pushing the continent further into China’s embrace.”
With ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq, it’s no surprise that violent deaths are on the rise, but the region has also seen a spike in deaths related to chronic disease. Grantee Amy Maxmen explains why—and what health officials are doing to cope.