Africa: SA Returns to the UN Security Council With a New Leader
By happy coincidence, South Africa will take a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council next year with Cyril Ramaphosa at the helm of the country. This, combined with the… Read more »
Africa: Liberia and Sierra Leone Can Achieve Real Women's Empowerment
Neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone are undergoing post-conflict transitions. And in both countries, national elections are ushering in new administrations. In March, elections… Read more »
Africa: Decline in Elephant Poaching Could Be Short-Lived
Elephant poaching in Africa has dropped for five consecutive years to levels last witnessed over a decade ago. The latest report by the Convention on International Trade in… Read more »
Africa: Leadership Is Not the NPA's Only Challenge
With the removal of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa, a parliamentary inquiry underway into state capture, and arrests of some of those allegedly responsible for it, signs… Read more »
Mozambique: Who Benefits From Frenamo's Partocracy?
'Frenamo partocracy'. This is the buzzword in Mozambique's political circles, conceived by sceptical wags to describe the latest 'decentralisation' deal cooked up between the… Read more »
Africa: Is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a Worthy Ibrahim Prize Winner?
Finally, after a three-year drought, the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has a winner: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first-ever female head of state and,… Read more »
South Africa: Budgeting to End Violence?
Surely no one would want to trade places with South Africa's Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba on 21 February when he presents the national budget to Parliament. Political… Read more »
Africa: NEPAD and the Battle for the Soul of the African Union
Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia was one of the first to speak at the Nepad orientation committee meeting on the sidelines of the recent African Union (AU) summit. He said… Read more »
Africa: Violent Trade in Cattle, Guns and Bullets
Cattle rustling is by no means a new problem in Africa. Pastoral communities in East Africa and the Horn have dealt with it for generations. Cattle rustling or raiding was… Read more »
Madagascar: President Hery Must Avoid the Worst Plague of All
Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina must be feeling rather like a pharaoh of the Old Testament. During the past four years when he has governed the country it has been… Read more »
Kenya: Two Wrongs Don't Right Kenya's Political Crisis
When Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was officially anointed as president for the second time last November, he swore an oath - the same one he swore at his first inauguration in… Read more »
Africa: Mali's Myriad Armed Groups Prevent Stability
Mali is experiencing a rise in violence, and little is happening in the way of peaceful resolutions. The disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) process remains vital,… Read more »
Africa: South Africa's Water Crisis Is Bigger Than the Cape
South Africa is running out of water. Not just Cape Town, the entire country. The problem is most immediate in the Mother City, but the country has been overexploiting its national… Read more »
Africa: Will Egypt-Ethiopia-Sudan Diplomacy Placate Other Nile Countries?
Leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan met this week to restore cordial relations on the Nile River water after weeks of frosty ties between Egypt and Sudan. Tensions have simmered… Read more »
Southern Africa: A Wind of Change Blows Through the Region
It was an eventful 2017 for the Southern African region. The end of an era, it seemed, as political dinosaurs shuffled off the stage. In September, Angolan president José… Read more »
Africa: A New Dawn for African Migrants
It has taken over 25 years, but the African Union (AU) has at last endorsed the idea of free movement of people in Africa. On 29 January, the AU summit adopted the Protocol to the… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Mugabe - Mnangagwa's Permanent Friend
It is not usual for a person who has seized power through a military coup to heap praise upon his deposed predecessor. Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, however, has… Read more »
Liberia: Weah Cannot Afford to Fail Liberia's Youth
'This victory could not have been possible without the support of the youth of this country,' said George Weah as he was sworn in as Liberia's 25th president on Monday 22 January. Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Will Africa Allow the Free Movement of People?
Free movement of people is key to unlocking Africa's economic potential, but achieving it requires better management of migration. The issue is on the agenda at this week's African… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Should Africa Worry About a Growing Foreign Military Presence?
The United States in particular, but also France, have had a lot of flak for their military presence in Africa. However a surprising number of other foreign powers have quietly… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Fighting Corruption Requires Clean Hands At the Top
Just weeks after South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the fight against corruption in the country is… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Are States Serious About African Union Reform?
All eyes are on the African Union (AU) this week as the organisation discusses its much-negotiated reforms, designed to improve the organisation's impact. The reforms were proposed… Read more »
Africa: AU Summit 30 - Clearer Lines Are Needed Between the AU and RECs
Who should be the first in line to respond when a crisis breaks out in Africa - the neighbours or the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa? Answering this question is one of the… Read more »
Togo: Nation Needs International Support to Overcome Stalemate
While Togo's political and civil society actors agree that political dialogue is vital in order to bring stability to the country, political actors disagree on the dialogue's… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Will Mnangagwa Pull Off Another 'Coup' This Year?
Emmerson Mnangagwa artfully disguised the manoeuvre that ousted Robert Mugabe from 37 years in power last year as a 'military-assisted transition' rather than a military coup. He… Read more »
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