Madagascar: President Hery Must Avoid the Worst Plague of All
Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina must be feeling rather like a pharaoh of the Old Testament. During the past four years when he has governed the country it has been… Read more »
Kenya: Two Wrongs Don't Right Kenya's Political Crisis
When Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was officially anointed as president for the second time last November, he swore an oath - the same one he swore at his first inauguration in… Read more »
Africa: Will Egypt-Ethiopia-Sudan Diplomacy Placate Other Nile Countries?
Leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan met this week to restore cordial relations on the Nile River water after weeks of frosty ties between Egypt and Sudan. Tensions have simmered… Read more »
Burundi: Do Global Actors Have What It Takes to Help Burundi?
Since Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term in early 2015, political instability across the country has tested the limits of global… Read more »
Somalia: Somaliland's New President Has Work to Do
With the inauguration of Muse Bihi Abdi on 13 December 2017, Somaliland's oft-delayed presidential election process officially ended. The Kulmiye party retained power, but the… Read more »
December 08, 2017
South Sudan: Can the Peace Agreement Be Revitalised?
With the civil war in South Sudan concluding its fourth year, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is maximising its efforts to revitalise the Agreement on the… Read more »
December 01, 2017
East Africa: Path of Insecurity for Migrants Leaving the Horn
Despite conflict and humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, the country remains a destination for some Somali and Ethiopian migrants who risk kidnapping, torture and deportation trying… Read more »
November 28, 2017
Somalia: Commanding Attention - a Female Al-Shabaab Ex-Commander Speaks Out
'I have to go,' she says. And is gone. A few moments later, he calls her back, as he has several times, and she talks some more - anxiously and assertively all at once. He… Read more »
November 16, 2017
Africa: Will Other African Countries Follow Burundi Out of the ICC?
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been authorised to begin investigations into alleged crimes against humanity in Burundi between 26 April 2015 and 26… Read more »
November 10, 2017
Africa: Mogadishu Blast Could Bring About Renewed Conflict Prevention
The attack in central Mogadishu on 14 October that killed more than 350 people has not drawn much attention from traditional or social media. Despite being the largest terror… Read more »
November 03, 2017
Kenya: Could Parts of Kenya Really Secede?
Kenya is experiencing its worst political crisis in more than a decade, prompting some politicians to suggest extreme solutions - including the division of Kenya into two… Read more »
October 26, 2017
Kenya: Govt Grapples With Domestic and Foreign Security Threats
The current political climate in Kenya has created a complex security challenge for government, stretching the resources of security agencies to the limit as they battle both… Read more »
October 18, 2017
Kenya: An Election Is No Panacea for Kenya's Stability
Kenyans are expected to go to the polls on 26 October in a repeat presidential election fraught with uncertainty after main opposition candidate Raila Odinga pulled out of the race… Read more »
October 12, 2017
Sudan: Are Sanctions Working?
It's remarkable how quickly the tables have turned in the Sudans. Just a few years ago the infant state of South Sudan was the pampered darling of the international community and… Read more »
October 11, 2017
Somalia: How the Gulf Crisis Is Destabilising Somalia
The Saudi Arabia-United Arab Emirates (UAE) decision to break relations with Qatar, and more importantly their insistence for others to follow their lead, has pitted the Federal… Read more »
September 27, 2017
Tanzania: #WhatWouldMagufuliDo? We're Just Finding Out
There was a time in late 2015 and early 2016 - when Tanzania's President John Magufuli had only just been elected - that the man they call 'The Bulldozer' could do no wrong. Read more »
September 15, 2017
South Sudan: The Country Needs More Than a Hybrid Court
When government soldiers stormed the Terrain residential compound in Juba, South Sudan, on 11 July 2016, they attacked, robbed and raped foreign aid workers and shot dead a local… Read more »
August 17, 2017
Kenya: Will Kenya Always Be the Country of the Future?
Two cheers for democracy. That would probably be a fair verdict on last week's general elections in Kenya. It was free-ish and fair-ish. Over 15 million Kenyans stood in lines,… Read more »
August 04, 2017
Africa: Al-Shabaab Holds Its Ground Against Somalia's Amnesty Deal
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) has employed a classic carrot-and-stick approach to al-Shabaab since taking office in February. In early April, Farmajo… Read more »
August 02, 2017
Rwanda: The Price to Pay for Development Miracle
Those attending the first YouthConnekt Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda, earlier this month, heaped praise on the country and its president Paul Kagame. Read more »
July 25, 2017
Africa: Downstream Costs of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
The government of Ethiopia is currently constructing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Once complete, the GERD will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa (about 6… Read more »
July 18, 2017
Kenya: Education Focus Should Be on Quality, Not Quantity
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently announced that if re-elected on 8 August, his government would provide free secondary education by 2019. Kenyatta believes that secondary… Read more »
July 13, 2017
Kenya: Is It Raila Odinga's Turn to Eat?
Will it at long last be Raila Odinga's turn to eat? This is one of the critical questions as Kenya heads into general elections on 8 August. Read more »
July 10, 2017
South Africa: The Real Problem Behind South Africa's Refusal to Arrest Al-Bashir
Last week the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that South Africa erred in its decision not to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his… Read more »
July 07, 2017
South Sudan: Independence - Nothing to Celebrate in 2017
For a second time, South Sudan won't be celebrating its 9 July anniversary of independence. The government announced the cancellation of festivities due to a lack of funding and… Read more »
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