Africa: Can Africa Be the Big Brexit Winner?
Following the 2016 Brexit referendum, Britain needs to forge new and strong strategic alliances and trade relationships. Where and how does Africa feature in this equation? Read more »
Africa: The AU Should Take a Stand On Burundi's Constitutional Review
Burundi will hold a referendum in May 2018 on a constitutional amendment that could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power past 2020. The proposed changes would weaken… Read more »
Africa: Russia and Africa Meet Again
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union's influence on African states was widespread and deep. Things changed when the Berlin Wall fell, and now under President Vladimir Putin… Read more »
Africa: U.S. and China Inch Towards Awkward Cooperation in Africa
United States (US) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his first official trip to Africa this week, visiting Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Chad and Nigeria. His top African… Read more »
Africa: SA Returns to the UN Security Council With a New Leader
By happy coincidence, South Africa will take a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council next year with Cyril Ramaphosa at the helm of the country. This, combined with the… Read more »
Africa: A New Dawn for African Migrants
It has taken over 25 years, but the African Union (AU) has at last endorsed the idea of free movement of people in Africa. On 29 January, the AU summit adopted the Protocol to the… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Will Africa Allow the Free Movement of People?
Free movement of people is key to unlocking Africa's economic potential, but achieving it requires better management of migration. The issue is on the agenda at this week's African… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Should Africa Worry About a Growing Foreign Military Presence?
The United States in particular, but also France, have had a lot of flak for their military presence in Africa. However a surprising number of other foreign powers have quietly… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Fighting Corruption Requires Clean Hands At the Top
Just weeks after South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the fight against corruption in the country is… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Are States Serious About African Union Reform?
All eyes are on the African Union (AU) this week as the organisation discusses its much-negotiated reforms, designed to improve the organisation's impact. The reforms were proposed… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Clearer Lines Are Needed Between the AU and RECs
Who should be the first in line to respond when a crisis breaks out in Africa - the neighbours or the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa? Answering this question is one of the… Read more »
Africa: The African Union Finally Wakes Up to Trump
The reaction of the African Union (AU) to United States (US) President Donald Trump's latest utterances during a discussion in the White House about migration and refugees came as… Read more »
South Africa: Can Ramaphosa Revitalise South Africa's Foreign Policy?
Many South Africans are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa will inject badly needed energy, integrity and economic savvy into the country's lacklustre and sometimes corrupt and… Read more »
Southern Africa: It's Time for Africa to Act on the DR Congo
The AU must resume its leadership role; taking a back seat to SADC is a recipe for inaction. Read more »
Libya: Human Smuggling and Libya's Political End Game
Migrant boat crossings in the Mediterranean usually peak around July and August but the number of boats dropped dramatically in 2017. This comes largely as a result of a… Read more »
December 14, 2017
South Africa: Nation's Squandered Chance to Show Real Leadership
Last year South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). But the country's efforts were stalled when the Pretoria high court ruled in… Read more »
December 07, 2017
Africa: Libya's Slave Trade Shocks AU-EU Leaders Into Action
The warning bells had been sounding for months. In April this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned that its staff in Niger and Libya had 'documented… Read more »
December 06, 2017
Africa: Many New Plans in Macron's No-Africa Policy
When French President Emmanuel Macron was elected earlier this year he became the youngest-ever French head of state at the age of 39. He didn't hail from any established political… 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 30, 2017
Central African Republic: The World's Most Dangerous Peacekeeping Mission?
Batangafo is a small, nondescript town of about 20 000 people in north-west Central African Republic (CAR). It's only a few hundred kilometres away from the capital Bangui, but the… 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 09, 2017
Africa: China Tests Its Military Muscle in Africa
Is the hugely successful film Wolf Warrior 2 a metaphor for China's growing presence in Africa - and perhaps beyond? It's an action thriller featuring a Rambo-like Chinese hero… Read more »
November 06, 2017
Africa: What Trump's Stance On Africa Means for Continental Security Efforts
When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States (US) in January, many wondered what his administration's policy towards Africa would be. Ten months later, it is clear… Read more »
November 02, 2017
Southern Africa: Region Is Losing Its Economic Edge
Southern Africa is economically Africa's most advanced region - but its collective economy is stagnating. And unless the continent can diversify its economies away from their… Read more »
November 01, 2017
Africa: Youth Need a Formal Role in Securing Continent
As 2017 comes to a close, so does the African Union's (AU) Year of the Youth. It was crucial for the AU Commission to mainstream young people in its policies and structures for… Read more »
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