Africa:Can South Africa Risk Going Back Into CAR?
On an official visit to South Africa last week, Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin-Archange Touadéra promised his counterpart Jacob Zuma that his country would… Read more »
Africa:Less Armed Conflict but More Political Violence in Africa
Political violence in Africa is rising and it is more complex than before. But it is significantly less deadly than in previous decades, according to a number of conflict data… Read more »
Burkina Faso:Security Alone Won't Save Burkina Faso From Extremism
Since 4 April 2015, the day a Romanian citizen was abducted in Tambao on Burkina Faso's north-east border with Mali and Niger, about 20 terror attacks killing 70 people have been… Read more »
South Africa:Nation Pays the Price of State Capture
When former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas made the startling claim that President Jacob Zuma's associates, the Guptas, had offered him the position of finance minister and… Read more »
West Africa:U.S. and West Africa Join Forces On Maritime Security
This year's US-led Obangame Express, a military exercise designed to help countries along the western coast of Africa counter illicit sea-based activity, ended last week with a… Read more »
South Africa:The Ruling ANC Faces Its Rubicon
Capitalism - the politically unmentionable - is the only force that can save South Africa from a looming economic catastrophe. But this salvation has become ever more imperilled as… Read more »
Southern Africa:Extreme Poverty Set to Rise Across Region
In Southern Africa, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty (defined as those living on less than US $1.90 per day) is expected to drop over the next 23 years. But, the… Read more »
Nigeria:Boko Haram - What's in a Message?
Besides the unrelenting violence that characterises Boko Haram, a revealing, but often-ignored, aspect of the group's public outreach is its messaging. Boko Haram's desire to… Read more »
Mali:Desperate or Dangerous? The Jihadist Merger
A merger of some of the most notorious groups based in Mali is the latest face of jihadism in the Sahel. Under the new banner of Jamâ'ah Nusrah al-Islâm… Read more »
Africa:Southern Africa At a Tipping Point?
Without concerted efforts to improve domestic revenue collection, increase effectiveness and decrease corruption, governments in Southern Africa may be unable to meet the growing… Read more »
South Africa:Will Zuma's Attempts to Zanufy South Africa Backfire?
'The ANC is using the Zanu-PF tactics of remaining in power,' South Africa's Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) declared this week. 'When Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF realised that it was likely… Read more »
Africa:Le Pen and France's Anti-Terrorism Strategy in Africa
French politicians have a long history of displaying their links with Francophone African leaders to boost their 'presidential' standing back home; and the current race to the… Read more »
South Africa:Towards the ANC Policy Conference - What Hope for Renewal?
As African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe announced that Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Chairperson, Andile Lungisa, needed to step down as he was in… Read more »
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 »