Africa: Saudi Arabia-Qatar Rift Rattles the Region
Since King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 81, came to power in 2015, Saudi Arabia has pursued a foreign policy described by many analysts and diplomats as aggressive - a politically… Read more »
Africa: Is Trump Militarising US-Africa Policy?
'The US is waging a massive shadow war in Africa ... The war you've never heard of,' the online journal VICE News recently announced. 'Today, according to U.S. military documents… Read more »
Africa: Does 'Human Trafficking' Need a New Definition?
Combating human trafficking has become one of the biggest global challenges, attracting high-level pledges of support from world leaders, especially in the West. Read more »
Cameroon: The High Cost of Ignoring Torture in Cameroon
Two months ago, a private contractor working for the United States (US) military posted a photograph on Facebook. It was taken at the Salak military base in Cameroon's far north,… Read more »
Africa: With AU Reforms, a 'new African Renaissance' Is Possible
Member states of the African Union (AU) all agree that the institution needs to be reformed to make it more efficient. Implementing the reforms is even seen as leading to a 'new… Read more »
West Africa: The G5 Sahel Must Do More Than Fight Terror
Continued violence and the upsurge of non-state armed groups in the Sahel - particularly in the Liptako-Gourma border regions - saw the launch on 2 July of the G5 Sahel joint force… 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 »
Africa: AU Summit 29 - New Partners Court the African Union
The African Union (AU) will discuss crucial reforms at its 29th summit in Addis Ababa this week, as global power shifts continue to affect the organisation's partnerships with the… Read more »
Africa: Will South Africa Be At the 29th AU Summit?
The 29th African Union (AU) summit that takes place in Addis Ababa from 27 June to 4 July is likely to be the first in many years without a South African president in attendance. 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 »
South Africa: Back to the Future for ANC Foreign Policy?
Later this month South Africa's ruling party begins its five-yearly policy conference to determine the direction to be taken by the new African National Congress (ANC) president… Read more »
Africa: Africa Is Stepping Up to Help Save the Oceans
Plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 - unless countries start to limit the number of manufactured products that end up as marine debris. This is one way governments are… Read more »
Africa: Dear Theresa May - a Counter-Terrorism Lesson From Africa
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Africa: Is China's Belt and Road Initiative Just a Bedtime Story?
'Once upon a time several routes led from China to central Asia and to Europe. It was called the Silk Road. People put things on camels and crossed the desert to trade with other… Read more »
Central Africa: The Lord's Resistance Army Is Far From Finished
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted over 700 people and displaced hundreds of civilians so far this year. In February alone it carried out 16 attacks in which 70… Read more »
Africa: Why No Lift-Off for Africa's Branch of the Brics Bank?
The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) would open its Africa Regional Centre (ARC) in Johannesburg in March 2016, South Africa's then finance minister Pravin Gordhan confidently… Read more »
West Africa: West Africa Issues a Wake-Up Call to Tyrants
Last week's decision by the Appeals Chamber of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in the courts of Senegal to uphold the conviction and life sentence of former Chadian… Read more »
Africa: Peacebuilding in Africa - Why the Media Matters
The appointment of United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres in January has many wondering how he will take forward the recommendations of three major UN… Read more »
Africa: Can Funding Uncertainty Improve Peacekeeping in Africa?
At the end of April, the United States (US) may cut a substantial amount of its development support budgets, including up to 40% of its contribution to United Nations (UN)… 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 »
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 »
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