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 »
Africa: New Clash in the AU Over Western Sahara
Just six months on the job, African Union (AU) Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has to handle a diplomatic crisis that is causing a rift in the organisation. He must solve the… Read more »
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 »
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: Libyans Hold Their Breath for Another Peace Deal
Last week's ceasefire agreement between two powerful and bitter rivals - the hard-headed maverick General Khalifa Haftar and Fayez al-Sarraj - has once again raised the hopes of… Read more »
Egypt: Do Cairo and Khartoum Have Anything in Common Anymore?
This is an especially tense time in the relationship between Sudan and Egypt, which has always been fraught. But as the geopolitical tectonics start to shift, both in Africa and… Read more »
Africa: Morocco's Exports From Western Sahara Hang in the Balance
South Africa has been accused of 'sabotaging' Morocco's commercial interests in Africa by seizing a vessel carrying phosphate mined by Morocco in Western Sahara. 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 »
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 Continuing Threat of Terrorism in Africa
The fluctuations in successfully addressing this issue were particularly apparent in Libya. The Islamic State (ISIS) seized control of Sirte in May 2015, incorporating the coastal… 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 »
June 21, 2016
Africa: What Next for Western Sahara?
There are few places as desolate as the camps of the Polisario Front in western Algeria. Over the years, infrastructure has been built to accommodate the tens of thousands of… Read more »
April 28, 2016
Africa: Egypt Looks South, Finally
In early April, King Salman of Saudi Arabia went Cairo on a high-profile visit. He came laden with treasure - specifically, billions of dollars' worth of trade deals, low-interest… Read more »
April 26, 2016
Western Sahara: Morocco Walks Out of Addis Meeting Over W Sahara
No issue divides the member states of the African Union (AU) like the dispute over Western Sahara. Also known as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), this partially… Read more »
April 04, 2016
Africa: Parliaments Lead Continent's Fight Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
On 18 February, Moroccan police reportedly found chemical or biological agents while raiding a 'safe house' linked to Daesh in the province of El Jadida, on the Atlantic coast. It… Read more »
March 30, 2016
South Africa: Zuma Diplomacy Promotes His Business Interests - Claim
It's long been suspected that the domestic ‘state capture' under the Zuma administration, which is so much in the news currently, also applies very much to South Africa's… Read more »
March 04, 2016
Africa: What Happens in Libya Won't Stay in Libya
The trajectory of instability and terrorism in Libya will determine the future of North Africa and could affect the entire Mediterranean rim; possibly for decades. Time is running… Read more »
February 03, 2016
Africa: Should African Leaders Reconsider Drone Strikes?
Drone strikes (or unmanned aerial vehicle strikes) have attracted significant media attention for their roles in the American-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in… Read more »
January 25, 2016
Africa: Suspense Ahead of Crucial AU Elections
Traditionally, elections at the African Union (AU) Commission and for structures like the Peace and Security Council (PSC) don't raise much interest beyond the small circle of AU… Read more »