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Beneath the surface

Nick Ericsson Nick Ericsson | 02:43 UK time, Wednesday, 14 September 2011

You may have noticed a new editon of Focus on Africa magazine on the shelves. We love the cover by the way - hope you do too. In fact, the story that goes with it also had us intrigued. We look at how secretive lobbying in Washington and London by so-called 'reputation management' companies on behalf of African governments seems to be replacing the old ways of doing diplomacy. And a recent article in the British press also examines what it calls 'influence peddling' - in this instance in the work of certain think tanks trying to have a say in public policy. Well, they do say that everything has a price.

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