South Africa: Time for the Right Top Cops as Public Confidence Drops
The stakes for public safety have never been higher in South Africa. Last year saw 3 119 more murders and 31 000 more armed attacks in the country than five years ago. Public… Read more »
Kenya: Education Focus Should Be on Quality, Not Quantity
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently announced that if re-elected on 8 August, his government would provide free secondary education by 2019. Kenyatta believes that secondary… Read more »
Africa: With AU Reforms, a 'new African Renaissance' Is Possible
Member states of the African Union (AU) all agree that the institution needs to be reformed to make it more efficient. Implementing the reforms is even seen as leading to a 'new… Read more »
Guinea Bissau: Reforms Are Not Optional for the Country's Stability
When Guinea-Bissau's President José Mário Vaz sacked Domingos Simões Pereira as prime minister in August 2015, the country hit a political stalemate. Read more »
Kenya: Is It Raila Odinga's Turn to Eat?
Will it at long last be Raila Odinga's turn to eat? This is one of the critical questions as Kenya heads into general elections on 8 August. Read more »
Zambia: Can Anyone Stop Slide Into Authoritarianism?
Zambian President Edgar Lungu is not a dictator, and nor does he want to be. Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Elections Likely to Worsen Political Crisis
The Republic of the Congo will proceed with legislative and local elections on 16 July despite complex political and economic challenges, and an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the… Read more »
South Africa: The Real Problem Behind South Africa's Refusal to Arrest Al-Bashir
Last week the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that South Africa erred in its decision not to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his… Read more »
South Sudan: Independence - Nothing to Celebrate in 2017
For a second time, South Sudan won't be celebrating its 9 July anniversary of independence. The government announced the cancellation of festivities due to a lack of funding and… Read more »
South Africa: ANC Invokes the Ghosts of a Party Past
Though his statue stood in the grounds, alongside those of other former ANC leaders, the warm and embracing spirit of Nelson Mandela was evidently not dwelling in the chilly halls… Read more »
West Africa: The G5 Sahel Must Do More Than Fight Terror
Continued violence and the upsurge of non-state armed groups in the Sahel - particularly in the Liptako-Gourma border regions - saw the launch on 2 July of the G5 Sahel joint force… Read more »
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 »
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