East Africa: Fighting Somali Piracy - Don't Get the Next Steps Wrong
On 13 March, the Aris 13 was hijacked off the coast of Somalia, leading analysts to ask whether the incident heralded a fresh wave of Somali piracy. Yet the risk of a resurgence to… Read more »
South Sudan: National Dialogues - Can the AU Make a Difference?
President Salva Kiir's announcement of forthcoming national dialogues in South Sudan has been controversial. Read more »
Southern Africa: Burundi Keeps Knocking At SADC's Door
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) may not seem such an exclusive club to many of its own citizens. After all, a few of its members - Swaziland and Zimbabwe spring… Read more »
Africa: Africa Can't Get Counter-Terrorism Wrong Again
By any measure, Africa's fight against terrorism has been a failure. Read more »
Africa: South Africa's Ruling Party On Dealing With a Divided Continent
At the January African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, there was a palpable sense of how the re-admission of Morocco and other issues threaten to tear apart the continent. And… 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 »
Africa: Will African Union Members Pay Dues?
This year, the African Union (AU) is meant to launch its new funding model through a 0.2% import levy on eligible goods: a fresh opportunity towards financial self-reliance. Read more »
Nigeria: Could an Osinbajo Presidency Be Good for Nigeria?
You know things are going badly when even your wife criticises the way you are running the country - publicly. Read more »
Africa: SA Parliament Seeking Fresh Ways to Oversee the Executive
The recent enquiry from the South African Parliament into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) exposed the public broadcaster for its flouting of process; the board… Read more »
Africa: The Hidden Opportunity of the Lake Chad Basin Crisis
While the Boko Haram-sparked humanitarian crisis raging in the Lake Chad Basin has largely been overlooked outside of the region, recent high-level efforts have sought to change… Read more »
Africa: Brexit Europe, Not Brexit Africa
Brexit Europe does not mean Brexit Africa. That's the message Prime Minister Theresa May's government has been anxious to convey as the deadline looms for it to trigger the United… Read more »
Africa: Why Policing Is Key for Africa's Peace and Development
Since the first peacekeeping operation was established in 1948, the approach to peace operations has evolved dramatically. The focus has shifted from keeping peace between… Read more »
Africa: Dlamini Zuma Shuffles Out of Addis, and Into South Africa's Cabinet?
Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has packed her bags and greeted staff at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. The farewell ceremony, on 1… Read more »
South Africa: Why Are South Africans Underreporting On Crime?
As South Africa's political environment deteriorates, so too does public safety. For the sixth consecutive year, the country is seeing increases in robbery and a continuation in… Read more »
Liberia: Of Businessmen, Technocrats and Politicos - the Race for Presidency
In October 2017, for the first time in over half a century, Liberians will participate in the peaceful transfer of power between a living president and an elected successor. Read more »
South Africa: Xenophobia Again Jeopardises South Africa's Interests in Africa
The latest outburst of xenophobic violence in South Africa's political capital, Pretoria, and commercial capital, Johannesburg, is once again reverberating across the continent. Read more »
Africa: Munich Security Conference - Two Elephants, One Room
When the weekend-long Munich Security Conference kicked off on 17 February, two things were already clear. First, a new global world order could be in the offing, and second, the… Read more »
Africa: Fighting Rising Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
'The Gulf of Guinea, which has been Africa's main maritime piracy hotspot since 2011, could become the world's most piracy-affected area.' This was a key observation made by… Read more »
Africa: Trump Keeps Africa Guessing
Like most parts of the world, Africa is still waiting, anxiously, for United States (US) President Donald Trump to articulate his policy for the continent. Read more »
Africa: Think Again - the ICC Can Bring South Africa Back Into the Fold
Courtroom 2D of the North Gauteng High Court may be 13 000 kilometres away from The Hague, but the judgment handed down there this week could well determine the future of the… Read more »
Cameroon: More to Cameroon's Protest Than Meets the Eye
For three activists from western Cameroon who joined a call for the recognition of their linguistic preferences, last week didn't bring any good news. The lawyer, teacher and… Read more »
Africa: Supporting Families Is Essential for Inclusive Economic Growth in SA
A recent study by Save the Children South Africa found that in 2015, the loss in human capital due to experiences of violence in childhood was estimated to be approximately R238… Read more »
Africa: Military Policing of Parliament - What Does SA Law Say?
Shortly before his annual State of the Nation address earlier this month, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announced that he had authorised the 'employment' of 441 members of… Read more »
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