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 »
West Africa: U.S. and West Africa Join Forces On Maritime Security
This year's US-led Obangame Express, a military exercise designed to help countries along the western coast of Africa counter illicit sea-based activity, ended last week with a… Read more »
Africa: Le Pen and France's Anti-Terrorism Strategy in Africa
French politicians have a long history of displaying their links with Francophone African leaders to boost their 'presidential' standing back home; and the current race to the… 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 »
Africa: South Africa's Ruling Party On Dealing With a Divided Continent
At the January African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, there was a palpable sense of how the re-admission of Morocco and other issues threaten to tear apart the continent. And… Read more »
Africa: Egypt Renews Its Commitment to Africa
Speaking at Cairo University last month, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres described Egypt as a pillar of 'multilateralism in today's world.' Read more »
Africa: Brexit Europe, Not Brexit Africa
Brexit Europe does not mean Brexit Africa. That's the message Prime Minister Theresa May's government has been anxious to convey as the deadline looms for it to trigger the United… Read more »
Africa: Dlamini Zuma Shuffles Out of Addis, and Into South Africa's Cabinet?
Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has packed her bags and greeted staff at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. The farewell ceremony, on 1… Read more »
Africa: Think Again - the ICC Can Bring South Africa Back Into the Fold
Courtroom 2D of the North Gauteng High Court may be 13 000 kilometres away from The Hague, but the judgment handed down there this week could well determine the future of the… Read more »
Africa: Trump Keeps Africa Guessing
Like most parts of the world, Africa is still waiting, anxiously, for United States (US) President Donald Trump to articulate his policy for the continent. Read more »
Morocco: Think Again - Will the AU Impact Morocco More Than Morocco Will Impact the AU?
For the first time, a red flag with a green five-pointed star hangs outside the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa. After 33 years in the continental wilderness,… Read more »
Africa: The AU's (Other) ICC Strategy
At the recently concluded 28th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, heads of state and government adopted a decision on a strategy for withdrawing from the International… Read more »
Liberia: Going, but Not Gone - UNMIL Stays On in Liberia
Since the end of its devastating civil war in 2003, the country has made significant headway in consolidating its peace. Read more »
Guinea Bissau: How the AU Can Avoid Reinventing the Wheel
On 26 November, the headquarters of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) - the movement that led the liberation of Guinea Bissau - seemed set for… Read more »
Africa: 28th AU Summit - AU Reform Can't Be Fast-Tracked
Reform now seems more urgent than ever. There has been much criticism of the structures of the AUC in Addis Ababa, both externally and from within. Many say that these flaws are to… Read more »
Africa: 28th AU Summit - Alarm Bells Beyond the Gambia
The crisis started after former president Yahya Jammeh refused to accept the results of the Gambia's December 2016 elections. Last week, on 21 January, Jammeh finally agreed to… Read more »
Africa: Promoting Women's Rights the Highlight of Dlamini Zuma's Legacy
After four-and-a-half years at the helm of the organisation, Dlamini Zuma is stepping down. If all goes well and heads of state reach a consensus, her successor will be elected at… Read more »
October 04, 2016
Africa: How Can Arms Embargoes Be Made More Effective?
Arms embargoes are the most common type of sanction currently applied by the United Nations (UN), and one of the five main types of targeted or smart sanctions (others are… Read more »
September 28, 2016
Africa: ICC Prosecutor's Policy On Case Selection - Timely, but Is It Enough?
On 15 September, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, released her office's much-anticipated Policy Paper on Case Selection and Prioritisation. Read more »
September 13, 2016
Africa: Two Decades and Waiting - Why Are Nuclear Tests Still Legal?
Monday, 29 August marked International Day against Nuclear Tests. Declared by the United Nations General Assembly on 2 December 2009, the day also marks the permanent closure of… Read more »
August 29, 2016
Libya: New Hope for Libya Through AU-Led National Dialogue?
The African Union (AU) plans to initiate a national dialogue on reconciliation among Libyan stakeholders in an effort to address the security crisis that erupted in 2011. This was… Read more »
August 22, 2016
Africa: Can AU Help South Sudan Where UN Fails?
The world's youngest country is anything but peaceful. Read more »
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