Africa:Is Business Trumping Peace Efforts in Libya?
A few weeks ahead of the crucial 5th African Union (AU)-European Union (EU) summit in Abidjan at the end of November, most officials on both sides are aware of the many potentially… 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 »
Africa:AU Amnesty Just One Step Towards Silencing the Guns
Last month the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) kicked off its amnesty period for the surrender of illegally owned arms. The annual month-long initiative, to be… Read more »
Africa:Why Is Chad Part of Trump's Travel Ban?
Since taking office in January, United States (US) President Donald Trump has made more than his fair share of inexplicable decisions. But the inclusion of Chad in the latest… Read more »
Africa:Turning Point for the AU-UN Peacekeeping Partnership?
The past year has been an eventful one for reform at the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU), with both organisations attempting to tailor themselves to the challenges of… Read more »
North Africa:Morocco and Algeria's Changing Roles in Managing Migration
Algeria and Morocco are taking a central role in managing migration from Africa to Europe by legalising the stay of sub-Saharan African migrants. Read more »
Africa:Africa Must Call for Climate Change Solidarity At the UN
The African Union (AU) has developed an insurance mechanism to help member countries in the case of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters caused by climate change. As… Read more »
Africa:Europe Ponders Future Relations With Its Former Colonies
The Lomé Convention of 1975 that created the ACP concept - the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States - was essentially a bridge built by the European Union (EU)… Read more »
Southern Africa:The Mysterious Allure of the Southern African Development Community
Some eyebrows were raised when South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announced last weekend that Comoros had been admitted as the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) 16th… Read more »
Africa:Can the Zambian Intervention Resuscitate the Commonwealth?
In the dying days of the British Empire, as Whitehall mandarins grasped for new ways to maintain their global influence, the Commonwealth of Nations came into being. The… Read more »
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 »
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