Africa: Are Rwanda and South Africa Irreconcilable?
The slow but stubborn unfolding of justice in a humble magistrate's court in South Africa continues to embarrass both Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and South Africa's Cyril… Read more »
Gambia: The Gambia Must Heal Its Social and Political Divisions
Two years after its first democratic transition, The Gambia continues to face many challenges, including rebuilding national cohesion that was eroded during the Yahya Jammeh… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa Exposed
Ever since he assumed office in 2017, the big question has been whether President Emmerson Mnangagwa could stop Zimbabwe's economic slide before social unrest erupted in response… Read more »
Africa: SA's Trial By Fire On the UN Security Council
Less than a month into its term on the United Nations (UN) Security Council, South Africa faces a potential trial by fire which could set the tone for the rest of the country's… Read more »
Sudan: Will Sudan's Latest Protests Bring Down Bashir?
Street protests that started in the north-eastern Sudanese city of Atbara over bread and fuel price hikes on 19 December have snowballed into weeks of widespread anti-government… Read more »
Southern Africa: A Tale of Two Arrests
This is a tale of two arrests: one of a South African arrested in Mozambique; another of a Mozambican arrested in South Africa. The comparison may be instructive. Read more »
Senegal: The Silent Destruction of Senegal's Last Forests
Senegal's Casamance region was once the breadbasket of this West African nation, known for its rich vegetation, biodiversity and expansive forests. But these woodlands are rapidly… Read more »
Africa: How Uganda and UNHCR Failed Refugees
Uganda hosts Africa's largest refugee population and is heralded as a model of progressive refugee policies. But damning 2018 reports have revealed fraud and corruption within… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Will This Election Change the DRC?
With the announcement this weekend that the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) ruling party had won a substantial majority in the national assembly, the picture of the DRC's… Read more »
Nigeria: Turning the Tables On Boko Haram
Identity - for both individuals and groups - is shaped by a mix of elements including ethnicity, religion, culture and personal experiences. Much of this is historical in nature.… Read more »
Somalia: Somalia Shoots Itself in the Foot
The decision by the Somali government to expel United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to the country Nicholas Haysom last week speaks volumes about why Somalia is struggling to achieve… Read more »
South Africa: Going Fast or Going Far?
A popular African proverb says, 'If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.' The proverb could describe the dynamics South Africa will encounter on… Read more »
Africa: Why Are Women Still So Unsafe?
Violence against women is an indicator of how prone societies are towards violence. Almost two decades since countries across the world adopted United Nations Security Council… Read more »
South Africa: South Africa's Presidency Must Drive Safety
South Africa has not had a formal national policy to improve public safety since 2004. This changed in 2016 when cabinet adopted the White Paper on Safety and Security. This is the… Read more »
December 14, 2018
Zimbabwe: Is the Motlanthe Commission a High-Level PR Stunt?
The killing of six unarmed civilians by Zimbabwe's military on 1 August, two days after polling in the country's general elections, was a huge setback for an otherwise well-laid… Read more »
December 13, 2018
Africa: Should Africa Back World Trade Organisation Reforms?
There is an air of resignation to failure at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva. Long-stuck trade negotiations and a recent eruption of a virus of economic nationalism… Read more »
December 12, 2018
South Africa: Police Murder-Suicide Reveals South Africa's Dark Underbelly
On 26 November a South African police officer shot and killed his wife and her brother in a Durban divorce court before turning the gun on himself. He died of his injuries a day… Read more »
December 11, 2018
Africa: 'Changing Mindsets' On AU Reform
Despite the efforts that had gone into the African Union (AU) reforms, 'The pace at which we're doing things is not sufficient,' AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat told… Read more »
December 10, 2018
Africa: How to Harness Africa's Blue Economy
The significance of the seas and oceans for the sustainable future of economic and human development and security in Africa and beyond is being increasingly recognised. This was… Read more »
December 07, 2018
Africa: Should Africa Consider the Al Capone Option?
Al Capone, we all know, was a notorious Chicago mafia gangster when Chicago was the capital of American crime in the violent 1920s. But the legal authorities couldn't pin any of… Read more »
December 06, 2018
Africa: Will Next Week's Migration Compact Be Global?
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is a comprehensive document that covers different aspects of migration and provides a strong basis for global… Read more »
December 05, 2018
South Africa: To Stop Violence, We Must Raise Our Children Differently
Biology shapes violence. In a significant review of the literature, Robert Sapolsky shows that human actions are shaped by environmental stimuli and their impact on biological… Read more »
December 04, 2018
Gabon: Gabon's Constitutional Court Again Protects the Ruling Party
On 14 November, Gabon's Constitutional Court president Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo announced a constitutional amendment addressing instances when the president is 'temporarily… Read more »
December 03, 2018
East Africa: Can the Region Sustain Its Promising Anti-Corruption Efforts?
The arrest and prosecution of Kenya's second highest judge is the latest in a crackdown on high profile cases in the country's tough anti-corruption campaign. In 2016 Kenya… Read more »
November 30, 2018
South Africa: The Perplexities of Human Trafficking in South Africa
The extent of South Africa's human trafficking problem - also known as trafficking in persons - remains an 'elusive statistical nightmare'. Available data sources reveal little… Read more »