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Gambia: Returning Migrants - the Political, Social and Economic Costs
Hardly a day goes by without a discussion on the migrants (including refugees) who have entered Europe in large numbers since 2015. Under the European Union Commission's New… Read more »
Gambia: Lessons on Democracy From Gambia
The tensions that followed the historic electoral defeat of Gambia strongman President Yahya Jammeh has been a litmus test for democracy in Africa beyond the tiny west African… Read more »
Gambia: Lessons From the Gambia to End the Impasse in South Sudan
Not for the first time, South Sudan appears on the International Crisis Group watch list of the world's most volatile conflicts to watch. This is on top of climbing to second on… Read more »
Africa: The New Coup Which Threatens Democracy
Conventional wisdom tells us that good political societies are built on the principles of constitutionalism. This entails upholding the rule of law and separation of powers. This… Read more »
Gambia: Curb Your Enthusiasm - There Are Limits to the 'Gambia-Effect' for the Rest of Africa
As the new Gambian President Adama Barrow settles in, regional organisations are being lauded for playing a key role in ensuring a democratic and peaceful transition. Read more »
Southern Africa: Has Ecowas Taught Southern Africa a Lesson?
Has the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) just taught the Southern African Development Community (SADC) a lesson? The West African states effectively took a… Read more »
Africa: The Questionable Legality of Military Intervention in Gambia
With tensions rising in The Gambia, a coalition of states have deployed forces along the country's borders, poised to launch a military intervention should President Yahya Jammeh… Read more »
Gambia: High Stakes As Region Prepares Military Action
In further escalation of the post-election crisis in The Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just a day before his official mandate was due to come to an… Read more »
West Africa: Gambia Tests Region's Defence of Democracy
The Gambia is an opportunity to reinforce election quality norms for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The 15-member regional group was initially set up as a… Read more »
Africa: A Turning Point for The Gambia, the Smiling Face of Africa?
The Gambia's presidential election crisis has been of particular personal interest for me. Between 2013 and 2014 I lived in the country as a law lecturer at the University of The… Read more »
December 06, 2016
Africa: Gambia Keeps Dream of Deepening Democracy Alive
The year ends with a gust of transformational winds blowing over the Gambia and Angola, raising hopes that Africa's democracy project is not as dead as it is feared to be. Read more »
April 29, 2016
Africa: Press Freedom Violations Undermine AU's Vision of Transparency
One key measure of a country's levels of freedom and democracy is how the government treats journalists and how free they are to do their work. Read more »
December 14, 2015
Africa: On the Wild Side - Seven Lesser-Known and 'Green' Spaces
Africa conjures up images of adventure, danger and to a certain degree romanticism. This is because it is one of the last untamed places on earth. Scenery from the rolling sand… Read more »
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