Zimbabwe: The UK Needs to Stay Out of Nation's Succession Politics
Whether the UK favours Mnangagwa over Mugabe and Chamisa over Tsvangirai is immaterial. What matters is that it remains a disinterested bystander. Read more »
Central African Republic: Presidential Run-Off - Mr Clean Vs. the Prof
The CAR's run-off will determine much more than just who gets the keys to the presidential office. Read more »
Burundi: 'Let Us Be Heard' - Refugees Tell Stories of Ethnic Targeting
Burundi's crisis began as a political dispute, but testimony from refugees suggests that some parties to the conflict may be exploiting Hutu-Tutsi divides. Read more »
Kenya: Journalists Refuse to Be Cowed
On the evening of 23 January, Yassin Juma, a freelance journalist and blogger, was at home with his family when he received an unexpected call. 13 police officers burst into his... Read more »
Nigeria: President Buhari's Southern Dilemma Heating Up
With a cluster of hotly-contested election re-runs coming up and low oil prices squeezing budgets, the next six months will be pivotal for the Nigerian government. Read more »
Gambia: What Does President Gain By Making Nation an Islamic Republic?
President Yahya Jammeh has developed a reputation for surprising announcements. What might be the reasons behind his latest? Read more »
Burundi: What Can Actually Be Done?
There are few tangible solutions to Burundi's crisis in sight. But there are some positive actions regional and international actors can take. Read more »
Tanzania: Zanzibar Election Re-Run Raises Likelihood of Confrontation
With the political crisis still unresolved and tensions rising, Zanzibar is at risk of returning to the instability seen in the early 2000s. Read more »
Burundi: Can Nation Be Pulled Back From the Brink?
Rather than the Rwandan genocide, it is the 1972 genocide of Hutu in Burundi that suggests itself as the most meaningful frame of reference for an understanding of the present... Read more »
Seychelles: Tensions After Neck and Neck Elections
In presidential elections in December, the incumbent President James Michel won by just 193 votes. Read more »
Nigeria: Contentious Court Rulings Reveal Need for Electoral Reform
The Court of Appeal's recent string of rulings on disputed elections have raised accusations of political interference. Read more »
Zimbabwe: China and Zimbabwe's All-Weather Friendship
Despite its significant mineral wealth and economic opportunities, Zimbabwe may be more important to China as a symbolic friend. Read more »
Sudan: Coming to Terms With Sudan's Legacy of Slavery
Among northern Sudanese families, slavery continues to be a taboo subject, even though this history has shaped the Sudans for centuries. Read more »
Uganda: Six Things We Learned From the Presidential Debate
On the night of 15 January, Uganda held its first ever televised presidential debate. The incumbent Yoweri Museveni skipped the momentous occasion, arguing that the "majority of... Read more »
Rwanda: Kigali 'Controls the Public Narrative'
In Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, Anjan Sundaram shows how the Rwandan government tightly controls the national narrative through intimidation, oppression and... Read more »
Kenya: Nation Has Become a 'Bandit Economy', Says Chief Justice
"The influence of the cartels is overwhelming... If we do not fight the cartels, we become their slaves. But leaders who do take on the cartels must be prepared to be killed or... Read more »
Mauritius: Waiting On a Second Economic Miracle
While high-level scandals have dominated the headlines recently, it is the island's economic performance that will define this make or break year for the government. Read more »
Nigeria: Should Abuja Join Saudi Arabia's Military Alliance?
Four reasons why joining the Saudi-led coalition might not be such a great idea. Read more »
Africa: Using Tech to Reach the 2 Billion Unbanked
Can innovative uses of technology transform financial access for the hundreds of millions in Africa without a bank account? Read more »
Africa: Can You Encapsulate the Last Half-Century of Africa's History in a Single Book?
Though it has some limitations, Keith Somerville's new book Africa's Long Road Since Independence suggests you can. Read more »
Uganda: 2016 Elections - Same Same but Different?
Who are the candidates? What are the issues? Will it be fair? Read more »
Eritrea: Questions No One Asks About Eritrea
Reports on Eritrea tend to ask why so many are fleeing the country. The more relevant question is: Why are so many fleeing the country now? Read more »
Nigeria: Boko Haram Not 'Defeated' but Buhari Strategy Is Working
Boko Haram may be on the back foot compared to a year ago, but the group has adapted and bounced back before. It will do so again given the chance. Read more »
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