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 »
Africa: The African Union Finally Wakes Up to Trump
The reaction of the African Union (AU) to United States (US) President Donald Trump's latest utterances during a discussion in the White House about migration and refugees came as… Read more »
Africa: Why African Health Policy Needs Gender Mainstreaming
Africa has the highest prevalence of communicable diseases in the world - both in terms of mortality (death) and morbidity (illness). This phenomenon has consequences for the… Read more »
Burundi: Do Global Actors Have What It Takes to Help Burundi?
Since Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term in early 2015, political instability across the country has tested the limits of global… Read more »
Southern Africa: It's Time for Africa to Act on the DR Congo
The AU must resume its leadership role; taking a back seat to SADC is a recipe for inaction. Read more »
South Africa: Can Ramaphosa Revitalise South Africa's Foreign Policy?
Many South Africans are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa will inject badly needed energy, integrity and economic savvy into the country's lacklustre and sometimes corrupt and… Read more »
Somalia: Somaliland's New President Has Work to Do
With the inauguration of Muse Bihi Abdi on 13 December 2017, Somaliland's oft-delayed presidential election process officially ended. The Kulmiye party retained power, but the… Read more »
Africa: Known Unknowns - the Threat of Cybercrime in Africa
The rapid development of technology improves lives and enables more efficient operations in the private and public sectors. The challenges that have emerged as a direct… Read more »
Libya: Human Smuggling and Libya's Political End Game
Migrant boat crossings in the Mediterranean usually peak around July and August but the number of boats dropped dramatically in 2017. This comes largely as a result of a… Read more »
December 15, 2017
Africa: When 'Democracy' Becomes 'Regime Change'
This week Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa and of its ruling African National Congress (ANC), was extremely preoccupied preparing for the party's national conference which… Read more »
December 14, 2017
South Africa: Nation's Squandered Chance to Show Real Leadership
Last year South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). But the country's efforts were stalled when the Pretoria high court ruled in… Read more »
December 13, 2017
Guinea Bissau: Creating Conditions Conducive to Stability in Guinea-Bissau
The conclusions of this weekend's 52nd Ordinary Summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be decisive… Read more »
December 12, 2017
South Africa: Country's 'Short-Term Pain' or 'Long-Term Gain' Future
South Africa is at a crossroads. The political choices to be made during the African National Congress's (ANC) leadership elections on 17 December will determine the country's… Read more »
December 11, 2017
South Africa: Accurate Statistics Are Needed for Farm Murder Debate
Recently thousands of farmers, supporters and sympathisers took to South Africa's streets in an emotional but peaceful protest against the violent attacks on and murders of those… Read more »
December 08, 2017
South Sudan: Can the Peace Agreement Be Revitalised?
With the civil war in South Sudan concluding its fourth year, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is maximising its efforts to revitalise the Agreement on the… Read more »
December 07, 2017
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 »
December 06, 2017
Africa: Many New Plans in Macron's No-Africa Policy
When French President Emmanuel Macron was elected earlier this year he became the youngest-ever French head of state at the age of 39. He didn't hail from any established political… Read more »
December 05, 2017
Africa: Life After Al-Shabaab - A Returnee Puts the Pieces Together
At first glance, there's little about her that hints at her experiences. She is young, 22 years old, with wide-open eyes and a smile that, after some initial hesitation, comes… Read more »
December 04, 2017
Africa: Natural Gas Won't Solve Mozambique's Development Challenges
The discovery that Mozambique holds one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world has generated great optimism about the country's future. But the recent sovereign debt… Read more »
December 01, 2017
East Africa: Path of Insecurity for Migrants Leaving the Horn
Despite conflict and humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, the country remains a destination for some Somali and Ethiopian migrants who risk kidnapping, torture and deportation trying… Read more »
November 30, 2017
Central African Republic: The World's Most Dangerous Peacekeeping Mission?
Batangafo is a small, nondescript town of about 20 000 people in north-west Central African Republic (CAR). It's only a few hundred kilometres away from the capital Bangui, but the… Read more »
November 29, 2017
South Africa: Do Foreigners Really Commit SA's Most Violent Crimes?
Blaming undocumented foreign nationals for crime in South Africa is nothing new, despite the lack of evidence to back such perceptions. However the South African Police Service… Read more »
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