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South Kordofan: Sudan’s Hidden Ethnic Cleansing

Since 2011, South Kordofan, a Sudanese region situated on the border between South Sudan and Sudan, has been a battlefield between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). The latter is a political party and military organization, claiming to be “a Sudanese national movement that seeks to change the policies of the […]

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Posted in Africa, Conflict, Food Security, Refugees, Security Issues, World

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Angola on the Brink After Oil Price Slump

Emerging from a nearly three decade long civil war that began at the time of the country’s independence from Portugal and which did not end until 2002, Angola experienced an oil production boom in the years that followed. With the discovery of massive amounts of oil at several deep water fields south of the Congo […]

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Posted in Africa, China, Global Economy, World

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The weight of history hangs over elections in Nigeria

The upcoming March 28 presidential elections in Nigeria are expected to be the most contested in the nation’s history. As election day approaches, the world is given a revealing look at the challenges facing Africa’s largest country today. The electoral candidates are incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which has been […]

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Posted in Africa, World

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Khat Chewing – Benign Practice or Social Peril?

A stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Khat is a narcotic leaf that induces mild euphoria upon chewing – an extremely popular custom in Somalia, Yemen, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia. Lucrative business More than 25,000kg of khat is sold each day in Ethiopia’s Adaway Market and is a vital source of […]

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Posted in Africa, Drugs, Economic Security, Food Security, Security Issues, World, Yemen

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Mediterranean Migration Reveals Flaws in Dublin Convention

John Donne famously reminded us that ‘no man is an island’. Likewise in today’s polycentric, ever-globalized, and interconnected world, no state can remain untouched by social, economic, or political influences from neighbouring states. As terrible as Islamic State has been for people living in Syria, Iraq and Libya, its effects on Europe are also increasingly being felt. […]

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Posted in Africa, Conflict, Economic Security, Europe, Germany, Humanitarian Intervention, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Refugees, Security Issues, Syria, Terrorism, UN, World

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China’s Expanding African Military Footprint

Sun Tzu, in his seminal book The Art of War, argued that all warfare is fundamentally based on deception. “When able to attack, we must seem unable; When using our forces, we must seem inactive; When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; When far away, we must make […]

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Posted in Africa, Asia, China, Economic Security, Global Economy, Security Issues, World

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Nigeria Now

  ‘173 million Nigerians and 68 million voting’ These figures may come as a surprise to some. Whilst it is true that this election cannot compare to the one in India last year, it is still much larger than most realize. The Nigerian electorate is larger than the entire French population. Unfortunately, Nigeria’s reputation precedes it. Despite officially […]

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Posted in Africa, Islam, Security Issues, World

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Iran and the West: Why 1953 Still Matters

“It is reasonable to argue that but for the coup, Iran would be a mature democracy. So traumatic was the coup’s legacy that when the Shah finally departed in 1979, many Iranians feared a repetition of 1953, which was one of the motivations for the student seizure of the U.S. Embassy. The hostage crisis, in […]

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Posted in Africa, Culture, Europe, Middle East, Security Issues, World

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Conflict and Drought in the Sahel

The phrase ‘drought in the Sahel’ has been reported on in the international media over the past year, while scenes of starving children from the region have been plastered over TV screens by NGOs asking for donations. Despite this coverage, the intensity of the crisis and the desperate need for humanitarian assistance is still not […]

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Posted in Africa, Conflict, Economic Security, Security Issues

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