Africa: How Will the Somalia-UAE Row Affect AMISOM?
In early April, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stopped its capacity building support for security institutions and humanitarian aid to Somalia. This was due to growing diplomatic… Read more »
Africa: The Challenge of Reintegrating Former Terrorists in Africa
An estimated 5 600 Islamic State fighters from at least 33 countries globally have returned to their communities of origin. In Somalia, by the end of 2017, at least 2 000 former… Read more »
Africa: What Exactly Are Foreign Troops Protecting in the Sahel?
Foreign military footprints, especially those of the United States (US) and France, are expanding in West Africa, particularly in the Sahel. This presence is receiving increasingly… Read more »
Southern Africa: SADC Is Deaf to Alarm Bells in the Region
In their new book How to Rig an Election, Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas argue that across much of Africa and beyond, elections aren't just failing to remove unpopular autocrats… Read more »
Burundi: Talks Remain Ineffective As Crisis Continues
In early December 2017, a new round of talks led by the East African Community (EAC) was initiated in Arusha, Tanzania, with the aim of reaching an agreement to end the Burundian… Read more »
Africa: Organised Crime Threatens Uganda's Thriving Gold Trade
Gold has become one of Uganda's top exports, but multiple questions surround this glittering trade. On 20 February, Uganda celebrated a year since it officially launched East… Read more »
South Africa: How Prioritising Education in South Africa Can Prevent Violence
In the early afternoon, five days a week, a school bell disrupts the stillness in the streets of Touwsranten, a village 30km east of George, South Africa. The sound of more than… Read more »
Kenya: Will New Legislation Turn Kenya Into a Tax Haven?
A recently passed law could make it easier for companies to dodge tax in Kenya. This could increase the rate of illicit financial flows and, contrary to government's goals,… Read more »
Libya: The Problem with Creating Unity
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strongman who is widely regarded as the most important player in the overcrowded cast of characters determining Libya's uncertain future, has… Read more »
Nigeria: Refugees Are Boko Haram's Latest Soft Target
Boko Haram has since 2009 proven a highly adaptable foe, routinely changing tactics to suit shifting circumstances. The terror group increasingly focuses on soft targets, including… Read more »
South Africa: South Africa's Damaged Intelligence System Is At a Crossroads
South Africa's new Crime Intelligence head Peter Jacobs has a mountain to climb in order to fix the mess Richard Mdluli left behind. Minister Bheki Cele's announcement on 29 March… Read more »
Africa: Africa Needs a Revolution in Education
While education worldwide, especially for girls, has improved, the gap between Africa and the rest of the world is wide and the continent doesn't appear to be catching up. In fact,… Read more »
Africa: Can Africa Be the Big Brexit Winner?
Following the 2016 Brexit referendum, Britain needs to forge new and strong strategic alliances and trade relationships. Where and how does Africa feature in this equation? Read more »
Cote d'Ivoire: Is Côte D'Ivoire Becoming a Wildlife Trafficking Hotspot?
Since 2016, Côte d'Ivoire has recorded at least five major wildlife-trafficking events involving seizures and arrests. The most recent was in January, when 578kg of ivory and… Read more »
Botswana: Khama a Tough Act for Masisi to Follow
On 1 April, Botswana's former president Ian Khama handed over the reins to Mokgweetsi Masisi, 56, a former education minister, after completing his constitutional two terms in… Read more »
Africa: Democracy and Economics in Africa - the Circle of Growth
At low levels of economic development, democracy has little if any impact on growth. However as countries' average incomes rise, a positive relationship emerges, as research by the… Read more »
Africa: Africa Must Steer the Rules of the International Financial Sector
The release of the Paradise Papers last year and the Panama Papers in 2016 revealed the role tax havens play in facilitating tax avoidance, tax evasion and illicit financial flows.… Read more »
Somalia: Climate Change Is Feeding Armed Conflict
The blast that killed over 350 people and the double car bombing in Mogadishu last October have frustrated Somalia's efforts to build stability. For almost 30 years, the country… Read more »
Nigeria: An Attack On Nigeria's Schoolgirls Is an Attack On Education
On 19 February 2018, militants arrived in trucks at the Government Girls Science and Technology College in Dapchi, Nigeria, wielding guns and abducting scores of girls. After a… Read more »
Africa: South Africa and Nigeria Are Crucial for Continental Initiatives
The impressive turnout at the African Union's Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 21 March showed the continent's united fervour to boost… Read more »
Africa: Africa Must Maximise the Value of Donor Aid
There has been a steady decline in the extent to which countries in sub-Saharan Africa are dependent on aid, although aid remains very important for the poorest countries. Read more »
Africa: Will Africa's Huge New Trade Deal Really Transform the Continent?
Africa took a giant step forward, at least symbolically, on 21 March when 44 of the African Union's (AU) 55 member states signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement… Read more »
Africa: The Funding Gap for Refugees in Africa Must Be Closed
While many destination countries are restricting their protection of refugees, the global refugee population continues to grow. The most recent Global Trends report from the UN… Read more »
Zimbabwe: MDC-T Does Succession the Zanu-PF Way
Morgan Tsvangirai inspired many in the fight for democracy in Zimbabwe. Sadly, the most immediate legacy of the late Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) leader is a… Read more »
Mali: The Country's Problems Are Much Bigger Than July's Presidential Election
Four months before Mali's 29 July presidential election takes place, the country is still mired by governance and security problems. Political, security and operational challenges… Read more »
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