Africa:Migration and Violent Extremism - A Chain of False Links?
Two themes have been central to global security debates over the past few years: migration and violent extremism. These two phenomena are happening at the same time and are… Read more »
Africa:Preventing Election Violence Is a Priority for Africa
It's a busy time for elections in Africa, with countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe and Kenya gearing up for the polls. And as elections increasingly… Read more »
Africa:AU Summit 29 - Why Are Some Crises Not On the Agenda?
While the situations in South Sudan, Somalia and the Lake Chad Basin dominate the agenda of the African Union (AU), other crises seem to have been forgotten by the AU. In fact, no… Read more »
Africa:AU Summit 29 - New Partners Court the African Union
The African Union (AU) will discuss crucial reforms at its 29th summit in Addis Ababa this week, as global power shifts continue to affect the organisation's partnerships with the… Read more »
Africa:AU Summit 29 - Securing Funds for Peace Operations
Africa's crises are not abating - and at a time when it's needed the most, major funders such as the United States are expected to reduce their support of peace operations on the… Read more »
Africa:AU Summit 29 - Eradicating More Than Just Boko Haram
The 29th African Union (AU) summit that starts this week will no doubt consider the threat of terrorism and how member states, supported by the AU, can respond. In the Lake Chad… Read more »
Africa:AU Summit 29 - Africa's Need is Bigger Than Ever
Now more than ever, Africa needs the help of the African Union (AU) and its partners in tackling security threats and other ongoing crises - particularly in the Sahel region and… Read more »
Southern Africa:Is the Region Facing a Food Security Disaster?
A rapidly growing population in Southern Africa means an increasingly higher food demand. And although domestic food production is expected to rise over the next few decades in… Read more »
Africa:Is the Force Intervention Brigade Still Justifying Its Existence?
The Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), the sharp end of MONUSCO - the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - earned its stripes in 2013 when it… Read more »
Africa:Will South Africa Be At the 29th AU Summit?
The 29th African Union (AU) summit that takes place in Addis Ababa from 27 June to 4 July is likely to be the first in many years without a South African president in attendance. Read more »
Africa:As Doors Close to Refugees, Ethiopia's Stay Open
Over 65.6 million people around the world were forcibly displaced by the end of 2016 - the highest level ever recorded. Of these, 84% were hosted in developing countries. This… Read more »
Djibouti:Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East
China recently established a military base in Djibouti. Little is known about the base except that it may have capacity to house up to 10 000 troops. The military base has… Read more »
Zimbabwe:Youth Should Be the Leading Voice for Change
Youth protests against inequality - specifically for free or low-cost education - have led to successful changes in government action, particularly in South Africa. Today marks the… Read more »
South Africa:Back to the Future for ANC Foreign Policy?
Later this month South Africa's ruling party begins its five-yearly policy conference to determine the direction to be taken by the new African National Congress (ANC) president… Read more »
South Africa:Is a Single Human Rights Body in the Country's Best Interest?
Ten years ago, South Africa's Parliament formed a committee to review the country's 'Chapter 9' and associated institutions tasked with supporting democracy, human rights and… Read more »
Africa:Africa Is Stepping Up to Help Save the Oceans
Plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 - unless countries start to limit the number of manufactured products that end up as marine debris. This is one way governments are… Read more »
Africa:Dear Theresa May - a Counter-Terrorism Lesson From Africa
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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:Is China's Belt and Road Initiative Just a Bedtime Story?
'Once upon a time several routes led from China to central Asia and to Europe. It was called the Silk Road. People put things on camels and crossed the desert to trade with other… Read more »
Central Africa:The Lord's Resistance Army Is Far From Finished
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted over 700 people and displaced hundreds of civilians so far this year. In February alone it carried out 16 attacks in which 70… Read more »
South Africa:A Case of Poisoned Chalice or Poisoned Politics?
It would not be unreasonable to think that the post of national commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) is a poisoned chalice. In the past decade, seven people -… Read more »
Africa:There's More to Africa's Growth Story Than Lagging Income Rates
As part of the 'Africa rising' narrative, much has been made of the continent's growth story. The global recession of 2007/8 hit Africa hard, but it remained remarkably resilient,… Read more »
Angola:Angola Grapples With its DR Congo Foreign Policy Problem
Congolese foreign minister Léonard She Okitundu has been touring the continent for the past few weeks in an attempt to rally African leaders' support for the current… Read more »
Africa:Will the Lesotho Army Accept a Thabane Victory?
What will it take to cure the chronic instability of Lesotho's politics? This perennial question looms large once again as the tiny mountain kingdom entirely surrounded by South… Read more »
Africa:AMISOM Needs a Mandate for Peace and Development
The mandate of the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officially expires today, 31 May. Although the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) extended the mission's role… Read more »
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