Zimbabwe: The Dark Art of the Coup
It was the most remarkably eventful week in Zimbabwean politics since independence in 1980. It started with the military seizing control on Tuesday night, 14 November, and ended on… Read more »
Africa: The AU's Chequered History With Military Coups
In the aftermath of the intervention by the military in Zimbabwe that led to yesterday's resignation of President Robert Mugabe, there was a strong call from Zimbabweans for the… Read more »
Africa: Nine Years in an Al-Shabaab Camp - One Woman's Story
Her arms lie outstretched on the table before her. The next moment, she has withdrawn them, folding them in towards her body. Her eyes focus. Unfocus. Focus again. Her shoulders… Read more »
Liberia: Stress-Testing Liberia's Democratic Resilience
Over 1.6 million Liberians voted in twin parliamentary and presidential elections on 10 October, registering a record participation rate of 75.2%. Ten days later, Liberia's… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Good Coup, Bad Coup?
Uncertainty, intrigue and fake news have characterised recent days and events in Zimbabwe. Following the confirmation of a bloodless military coup in which President Robert Mugabe… Read more »
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 »
Africa: Can New Leaders Fix Zimbabwe's Potemkin Economy?
When President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party swept to victory in 2013, the resigned riposte of the opposition Movement for… Read more »
Mali: Electoral Cycle Fraught With Obstacles and Instability
Mali is entering an electoral cycle comprising local and regional elections on 17 December and presidential and legislative elections in 2018. Read more »
Africa: No Paradise for Citizens Being Cheated of Profits
The latest revelations around tax evasion, dubbed the 'Paradise Papers', are certainly embarrassing for powerful individuals like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Canada's Prime… Read more »
Africa: Mogadishu Blast Could Bring About Renewed Conflict Prevention
The attack in central Mogadishu on 14 October that killed more than 350 people has not drawn much attention from traditional or social media. Despite being the largest terror… Read more »
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 »
Zimbabwe: Succession Race Is Far From Over
On Monday, President Robert Mugabe fired his vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, sending shockwaves through Zimbabwe's political establishment. 'I think that this is one of the most… Read more »
Africa: What Do We Know About Murder in South Africa?
The most recent crime statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) revealed that 19 016 murders were recorded in the 2016/17 financial year - 3 460 more than in… Read more »
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 »
Kenya: Could Parts of Kenya Really Secede?
Kenya is experiencing its worst political crisis in more than a decade, prompting some politicians to suggest extreme solutions - including the division of Kenya into two… Read more »
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 »
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 »
South Africa: Is Zuma's Nuclear Gamble Still in Play?
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement last week had one simple message: we are drowning in debt. Read more »
Namibia: How Country Can Realise Its Vast Development Potential
Namibia has great potential for human development. The country has an abundance of diamonds, gold and uranium, it is already upper-middle-income and has some of the most ideal… Read more »
Mozambique: First Islamist Attacks Shock the Region
Just when the ancient Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo)-Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) quarrel was showing some signs of being resolved, a new armed group has popped… Read more »
Kenya: Govt Grapples With Domestic and Foreign Security Threats
The current political climate in Kenya has created a complex security challenge for government, stretching the resources of security agencies to the limit as they battle both… 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: New Links to Indian Ocean Rim Can Bolster Africa's Blue Economy
South Africa became chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) until 2019 at the association's 17th Council of Ministers in Durban last week. Heading this increasingly… Read more »
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 »
Africa: Religion and Ethnicity Are Not Indicators of Extremism
Counter-terrorism strategies aim to disrupt activities of violent extremist groups and limit the spread of violent ideologies. Recent ISS research, supported by several other… Read more »
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