Sierra Leone: Stemming the Tide of Illegal Trawling in Sierra Leone
In August last year, a group of frustrated fishermen from Sierra Leone took the law into their own hands when they tangled with a Chinese trawler off the West African coast. Read more »
South Africa: Alliance Politics After Elections
Based on long-term political party trend analysis in the book Fate of the Nation and on various recent surveys, support for South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) in May's… Read more »
Southern Africa: SADC Turns a Blind Eye to Trouble in the Comoros
The newly re-elected president of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani, has now managed to centralise power in his hands and has pushed through constitutional changes that could see him… Read more »
South Africa: Pahad Panel Pines for the Past
The long-awaited foreign policy review commissioned by President Cyril Ramaphosa and submitted to government last week doesn't offer a new South African foreign policy nearly as… Read more »
South Africa: Investing in the Adults of Our Shared Future
Business has an opportunity to boost profit and productivity by investing in early childhood development in the workplace. This is an example of a business strategy known as shared… Read more »
South Africa: What Do Party Manifestos Actually Say About Corruption?
Corruption has probably not cast a shadow over any election in South Africa since 1994 quite as it is doing now. The scale and brazenness of 'state capture' under former president… Read more »
Southern Africa: South Africa's Zimbabwe Dilemma
It is in South Africa's interest to see a thriving and stable Zimbabwe. A collapse of its neighbour's economy would probably see an influx of legal and illegal migrants into South… Read more »
Africa: There's Much Work to Be Done
As General Awad Ibn Ouf declared the removal of President Omar al-Bashir from office on 11 April, the streets of Khartoum burst into celebration. It was hard to imagine that the… Read more »
Sudan: Will Justice Rise With Al-Bashir's Fall?
On 11 April 2019, after 30 years, Sudanese strongman Omar Hassan al-Bashir fell. Al-Bashir, who came to power in June 1989 after a coup d'état, was one of Africa's… Read more »
Mali: Another Setback for Stability in Mali
On 5 April, thousands of Malians took to the streets of Bamako to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maïga and the departure of foreign forces from the… Read more »
Libya: Resurrected Haftar Scuttles UN and AU Libyan Peace Efforts
'The report of my death was an exaggeration.' That was Mark Twain speaking but it could have been Khalifa Haftar. One year after he was widely reported gravely ill or even dead,… Read more »
South Africa: Heroin Use Is Shooting Up in South Africa
Research has found widespread and problematic use of heroin in South Africa's small towns, big cities and rural areas. The illicit trade in the opioid drug may have an annual cash… Read more »
Africa: For Credible Elections, Africa Needs More From the AU
Africa is experiencing a busy electoral year. Two important polls took place in February, in Nigeria and Senegal, both under the watchful eye of the African Union (AU). Tasked with… Read more »
South Africa: South Africa Must Exceed Expectations On the Security Council
Just a few months into its third term as a non-permanent member on the UN Security Council, questions are being asked about whether South Africa can influence peace and security… Read more »
South Africa: Set Up to Fail? Challenging How We Think About Policy
As followers and users of social media, it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the persistent and collective sense of failure in South Africa that is fuelled by, among other things,… Read more »
Africa: Deadlock or Not, SA Must Pursue Better UN-AU Partnerships
During its previous two terms on the UN Security Council, South Africa played a leading role in establishing better working relations between the UN and the African Union (AU).… Read more »
Africa: Xenophobia? What Xenophobia, We Love Foreigners!
Once again South Africa's government has been caught off guard by a spate of attacks by locals on foreign African nationals. And once again it is scrambling to draft a plan to… Read more »
Southern Africa: SADC Shouldn't Scrap Lesotho From Its Agenda Just Yet
Time is running out for Lesotho to put a new plan on the table that will prevent it from sliding back to political instability and violence. The Southern African Development… Read more »
Mali: Next Steps As Violence Surges in Central Mali
On 23 March the conflict in central Mali escalated to unprecedented levels. An attack on the village of Ogossagou in the Mopti region, allegedly by the Dan Nan Ambassagou group,… Read more »
Africa: Africa Must Act Against the Ballooning Indian Ocean Plastic Patch
The Western Indian Ocean, comprising nine African countries and Réunion (an island under France), has a 10 000 km stretch of coastline with crystal clear waters and rich… Read more »
Africa: Former Liberation Movements Charge to the Rescue of Western Sahara
Southern Africa's former liberation movements have symbolically donned their old camouflage uniforms and are resuming the decolonisation struggle. This time though, the colonising… Read more »
Africa: Women, Peace and Security - Minding the Mid-Management Gap
On International Women's Day on 8 March UN Secretary-General António Guterres reminded us all that 'We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture. Only… Read more »
Africa: National Dialogues Are Key to Peace in the Horn
The countries in the Horn of Africa have entered a new phase of domestic instability. Political protests in Ethiopia and Sudan and armed insurrections in South Sudan and Somalia… Read more »
Cameroon: Could Nigeria's Court Ruling Ease the Conflict in Southern Cameroon?
On 1 March, in the case between 12 Cameroonian separatist leaders and the Federal Government of Nigeria, Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled that the… Read more »
North Africa: Social Media Bridges North Africa's Divides to Facilitate Migration
More Moroccans, Algerians, Tunisians and Libyans are undertaking irregular migration than at any point since 2011. Officials on both sides of the Mediterranean normally analyse the… Read more »
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