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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Africa: As Doors Close to Refugees, Ethiopia's Stay Open
Over 65.6 million people around the world were forcibly displaced by the end of 2016 - the highest level ever recorded. Of these, 84% were hosted in developing countries. This… Read more »
Djibouti: Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East
China recently established a military base in Djibouti. Little is known about the base except that it may have capacity to house up to 10 000 troops. The military base has… Read more »
Egypt: Do Cairo and Khartoum Have Anything in Common Anymore?
This is an especially tense time in the relationship between Sudan and Egypt, which has always been fraught. But as the geopolitical tectonics start to shift, both in Africa and… Read more »
Somalia: Nation Needs More Action, Less Lip Service
Drought, a lack of security and inclusive politics, unemployment and poverty, piracy and the terror group al-Shabaab continue to plague Somalia. And while there has been progress… Read more »
Africa: Final Push for Peace in Somalia?
Despite global efforts to combat terrorism in Somalia, al-Shabaab's attacks continue and the group still controls large parts of the country. Read more »
East Africa: East Africa's Trade Deal With Europe Buckles
Negotiations between the European Union (EU) and African countries for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) have consumed vast energies from both sides this century - yet with… Read more »
Sudan: Inside Sudan's House of Cards
Two years ago, in April 2015, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir - who assumed power in 1989 - once again won the presidential election. This further entrenched his personal hold on… Read more »
Africa: New African Union Chief Puts Peace Back On the Agenda
The scene is not a familiar one at the African Union (AU): the AU Commission (AUC) chairperson, in shirtsleeves, walking in the blazing sun down an unpaved alley in a war-torn… Read more »
Africa: Clutching At Straws - SA's Reasons for Not Arresting Al-Bashir
In the first public hearing of its kind, the South African government explained to the International Criminal Court (ICC) why it failed to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir… Read more »
East Africa: Fighting Somali Piracy - Don't Get the Next Steps Wrong
On 13 March, the Aris 13 was hijacked off the coast of Somalia, leading analysts to ask whether the incident heralded a fresh wave of Somali piracy. Yet the risk of a resurgence to… Read more »
South Sudan: National Dialogues - Can the AU Make a Difference?
President Salva Kiir's announcement of forthcoming national dialogues in South Sudan has been controversial. Read more »
Southern Africa: Burundi Keeps Knocking At SADC's Door
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) may not seem such an exclusive club to many of its own citizens. After all, a few of its members - Swaziland and Zimbabwe spring… Read more »
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