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 »
October 23, 2017
Central African Republic: Challenges Ahead for AU in Ending CAR Conflict
An upsurge of violence and organised crime in the Central African Republic (CAR) has dealt a serious blow to the international community's post-conflict reconstruction efforts in… Read more »
October 16, 2017
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 »
October 12, 2017
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 »
October 11, 2017
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 »
October 02, 2017
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 »
October 03, 2017
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 »
September 22, 2017
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 »
September 14, 2017
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 »
September 11, 2017
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 »
August 31, 2017
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 »
August 24, 2017
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 »
August 22, 2017
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 »
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