Africa: Protests and Migration - the Fearmongers Have It Wrong
Over the past three weeks, Algerians have joined together in street protests across the country against a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the opaque rule of the clan… Read more »
Botswana: Masisi and Khama's Spat Rocks the Steady Botswana Boat
Will the increasingly ugly and public spat between Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor Ian Khama remain just a shoving match? Or could it rock the ruling… Read more »
Africa: High Cost of Having China As Africa's Partner of Choice
Africa's history is laced with decades of colonial exploitation, which together with developmental assistance programmes such as the International Monetary Fund's structural… Read more »
South Africa: When Corruption Stops, Trust in Government Can Start
Trust is the glue that binds people together. When people trust in democratic institutions they are free to interact and trade with strangers, restrain violent impulses and obey… Read more »
Africa: Streamlining the AU's Rapid Response Capabilities
Over the past five years, there has been a great deal of debate about the African Union's (AU) ability to rapidly deploy a combat force in crisis situations. Neither of the two… Read more »
Benin: Can Benin Protect Itself From Terrorism in the Region?
Since February 2018, there have been about 60 terror attacks in the eastern region of Burkina Faso. Although no group has claimed responsibility, the incidents were allegedly… Read more »
Africa: Squeezing the Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs
African countries are claiming a bigger slice of the revenues from their natural resources from mining companies. Is this good and can it work? Read more »
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's Slither Towards Increased Authoritarianism
The assessment of Zimbabwe's 'Second Republic' under President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been overshadowed by the violence of 1 August 2018 and mid-January 2019. On both occasions,… Read more »
South Africa: Is Mob Violence Out of Control in South Africa?
At least two people a day die as a result of vigilante or group attacks in South Africa. One such incident recently went viral on social media. In the disturbing video, 28-year-old… Read more »
Nigeria: Roots of Nigeria's Election Violence
President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected for a second term. Nigerians have also elected new members of the National Assembly, and on 9 March, elections will be held for… Read more »
Somalia: Is the Scent of Oil a Solution?
Somalia has enough problems as it is. Now the resource curse, so fatal to many other African countries, appears to be raising its ugly head. On the military front, Mogadishu isn't… Read more »
Somalia: Is This the Right Time to Downsize Amisom?
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) should have completed its second phase of military force downsizing as part of its exit strategy by today, 28 February. But serious… Read more »
Africa: Drone Strikes a Growing Threat to African Civilians
Since 2016, Donald Trump has loosened the reins on the US drone programme by lowering the standards for who can be targeted and where. This has severe consequences for… Read more »
Africa: Breaking Africa's Cycle of Forced Displacement
Children make up 59% of Africa's refugees and 50% of its internally displaced people. And while forced displacement continues to steal the childhoods of millions of Africans,… Read more »
Central African Republic: Will the Latest Central African Republic Peace Deal Hold?
The 6 February peace accord between the Central African Republic (CAR) government and 14 recognised armed groups is the eighth such agreement since the country descended into… Read more »
Chad: Was France's Military Intervention in Chad a Regression?
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose - the more things change, the more they stay the same. For decades French governments have insisted, hands on hearts, that the… Read more »
West Africa: Cost of Counter-Terrorism for Civilians in Liptako-Gourma
States in the Liptako-Gourma region - including Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger - are imposing restrictive measures to try to quell the growing threat of terrorism. These include… Read more »
Africa: Africa Must Invest in the New 'High Seas' Treaty
The world's largest crime scene is not in any specific country or region. It is the area known as the 'high seas' - those parts of the oceans that fall outside the national… Read more »
Africa: Promising Signs of Africa's Global Leadership On Maritime Security
Piracy and armed robbery at sea have long been regarded as a threat to international peace and security. But other types of maritime crime are just as significant. Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Slamming the Door On Democracy
Martin Fayulu, leader of the Lamuka coalition and winner of the recent presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - but who is not the new president -… Read more »
Nigeria: Another Chance for Nigeria to Get Counter-Terrorism Right
Nigerians will vote for a president on 16 February. Much is anticipated regarding the new leader's strategy to end the deadly Boko Haram insurgency in the country's north-east.… Read more »
Africa: South Africa Can Bring the AU Closer to the People
South Africa's election to chair the African Union (AU) in 2020 confirms the return of major powers on the continent to steer the organisation's affairs. Read more »
Senegal: Suspicions Cloud Senegal's Upcoming Election
Senegal will choose its president on 24 February in an atmosphere clouded by suspicions that the incumbent, Macky Sall, has engineered recent electoral reforms to secure a second… Read more »
South Africa: Secretive Promotions Threaten South Africa's Policing
As South Africans start to feel optimistic about actions to fix the criminal justice system, a secret project in the police could substantially weaken its ability to become a… Read more »
Gabon: Does Regime Security Come Ahead of Real Reform in Gabon?
Since Gabon's coup attempt on 7 January, President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been making changes to restore confidence in his government. Bongo, who was recovering from a stroke in… Read more »