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 »
November 29, 2018
Africa: How 'foreign' Are Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Africa?
In September 2018, five people acquitted of the July 2010 terror attacks in Kampala, Uganda, were re-arrested by the Ugandan Police. Omar Awadh Omar and four others were charged… Read more »
November 28, 2018
West Africa: Is Islamic State in West Africa Becoming More Hardline?
Recent activities by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), the Boko Haram faction that replaced Abubakar Shekau as leader in 2016, have raised questions regarding its position and… Read more »
November 27, 2018
South Africa: Are South African Police Salaries Fair?
The South African Police Service (SAPS) wants to re-enlist former police officers. But are police salaries good enough to entice former officers back to work or to keep serving… Read more »
November 26, 2018
Africa: Protecting Elephants Isn't A Numbers Game
In September this year, Elephants Without Borders (EWB) director Dr Mike Chase released a statement about the discovery of 87 elephant carcasses during Botswana's quadrennial… Read more »
November 23, 2018
Africa: Free Trade Area Could Be Reality by March - Carlos Lopes
The agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has the potential of boosting intra-African trade and supporting Africa's economic development. Yet some are… Read more »
South Africa: SA Prepares for a Historic About-Turn On Human Rights Foreign Policy
On 12 January 2007, just a few days after taking its seat for the first time on the United Nations (UN) Security Council, South Africa voted against a resolution calling on… Read more »
November 22, 2018
Congo-Kinshasa: DRC's Flawed Elections Will Probably Go Ahead
Martin Fayulu, one of the main opposition candidates in the upcoming Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elections, arrived back in Kinshasa this week for the first time since the… Read more »
November 21, 2018
Africa: Can the Illegal Abalone Trade Be Stopped?
Corruption is one of the primary enablers of wildlife crime as it prevents the problem from being effectively tackled. This was revealed in the 2016 United Nations Office on Drugs… Read more »
November 20, 2018
Mozambique: Apparent Islamist Insurgency Poses Multiple Threats
The apparent Islamist insurgency in Mozambique's northernmost province, Cabo Delgado, had gone quiet - until last Wednesday night's attack in the village of Nagulué in the… Read more »
November 19, 2018
Namibia: How Alike Is Land Reform in Namibia and South Africa?
While land reform has dominated South Africa's headlines, it has also emerged as a major polarising issue in Namibia ahead of next year's national election. Populist pressure,… Read more »
November 16, 2018
Africa: Will Kagame's Last Push On AU Reform Bear Fruit?
This weekend, African leaders will be making important decisions on the future of the African Union (AU), its relationship with regional and international bodies, and how to… Read more »
November 15, 2018
South Africa: South Africa's Vital Role in the Future of Peacekeeping
By 1 January 2019 South Africa will be one of Africa's three representatives on the UN Security Council. The country can use this opportunity to actively promote more effective… Read more »
November 14, 2018
Madagascar: Back to the Future in Madagascar
Whoever becomes president in Madagascar is likely to have an axe to grind. Both frontrunners, who will be facing off in a second round next month, are former presidents. Both were… Read more »
November 13, 2018
Africa: Diamonds Are Not Necessarily Forever
The participants in the Kimberley Process, including 19 African governments, are meeting this week in Brussels to review the successes and failures of its first 15 years of… Read more »
November 12, 2018
Mali: Settling Local Disputes Is Key to Peace in Central Mali
On 15 October, 11 civilians were killed by assailants on a motorcycle in Telly in Central Mali's Mopti region. This attack occurred barely two days after Prime Minister Soumeylou… Read more »
November 09, 2018
Africa: Should the Army Be Cleaning Up South Africa's Rivers?
South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has a new plan to solve the country's water infrastructure crisis: send in the army. In his budget speech on 24 October Mboweni said the… Read more »
November 08, 2018
Africa: Rwanda and South Africa's Rocky Road to Reconciliation
After an almost five-year delay, the Randburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg last week finally launched an inquest into the murder of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's former… Read more »
November 07, 2018
Somalia: Ten Years On, Is Somali Piracy Still a Threat?
On 6 November the United Nations (UN) Security Council renewed the authorisation for international naval forces to carry out anti-piracy measures off Somalia's coast. It is now 10… Read more »
November 06, 2018
Africa: Can Violent Extremism Be Prevented?
Can the global community prevent violent extremism? Is the violence associated with terrorism different from other forms of violence, and in what ways? Although the UN's 2015 Plan… Read more »
November 05, 2018
Zimbabwe: Economic Turmoil Is Unavoidable
October's economic turmoil in Zimbabwe has again highlighted the precarious state of the country's economy. A casual social media post or imprudent policy statement by a government… Read more »
November 02, 2018
Africa: Is the African Standby Force Any Closer to Being Deployed?
The African Union (AU)-directed African Standby Force (ASF) has not been deployed since its establishment in 2003. This is despite the AU's extensive experience with peace support… Read more »
November 01, 2018
Africa: Africa's Youth Gain Recognition As Peacemakers
Time is running out for Africa to 'silence the guns by 2020' and end all wars - a target set by the African Union (AU) in its Agenda 2063 plan for a peaceful and secure Africa. The… Read more »