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Africa Rising? An Economic Analysis of the CFTA

Following two years of negotiations, a historic agreement that formally establishes the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) was signed on 21 March 2018 by representatives of 44 member states of the African Union in the Rwandan capital. Once adopted, greater market integration on the continent will follow. Global competition is fierce and African nations […]

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Kabila and the DRC: A Perfect Storm of Problems

The UN Under-Sectretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this week for the first time. Following meetings with internally displaced persons, Lowcock underscored that the DRC is the site of one of the most devastating humanitarian crises in the world today. A year after his term ended, Congolese […]

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The Truth Behind the Fiction: 16 Days to End Violence Against Women

The television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has gripped viewers and political pundits alike, since its release in April 2017, for its astonishingly realistic parallels between the fictional world of Gilead, and the very real Donald Trump led USA. As the global campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence draws to […]

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Don’t Lift Sanctions on Zimbabwe – Just Yet

Zimbabwe has finally toppled its longtime dictator, Robert Mugabe. So it’s time for the the international community to lift its sanctions on the country, right? Wrong. The new leader of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was one of Mugabe’s most notorious henchmen until he fell out of favor a few months ago. It would be premature to […]

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No Cheers Yet for Liberia

The international community has been quick to praise Liberia’s presidential elections as marking the country’s first peaceful transition of power in decades, with former football star George Weah taking an early lead in provisional results. This is indeed a remarkable feat for a country that has been ravaged by two civil wars, unexpected slumps in […]

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How to Make PPPs Work for Global Health

Earlier this month, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur announced that it was pulling the plug on its partnership with the US Army to develop two promising new Zika vaccines. A Sanofi representative said they could not continue due to, firstly, a decline in infection rates which reduced the number of people available for clinical trials, and, secondly, […]

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Angola’s August Elections Come Under Scrutiny After Journalist Arrests

Rumblings are rife in Angola that something is afoot at the highest reaches of government. What may be in the offing? Everything from a top-level government shakeup to a full-fledged coup have been talked about. To keen observers of politics and conflict, it would not be surprising if people in power took sudden actions to […]

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Official Opening of the Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court

Are Notions of Retributive Justice Helpful?

The International Criminal Court and its perception of justice being achieved through trial, conviction and imprisonment shows a notion of retributive justice, a notion that may have limited effectiveness in the context of Uganda and the case of Dominic Ongwen. With the trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Commander Dominic Ongwen currently ongoing, the […]

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Out of the Frying Pan: Refugees in Africa

Pegida leader Lutz Bachmann, in a incredibly ironic twist on the idea of poacher turned gamekeeper, has been forced to seek refuge on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands because he and his wife were being “persecuted” in their native Dresden. Bachmann, of course, is the far right leader of the Patriotic […]

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Donald Trump, As Africans See Him

Last March, the African-American website Grio ran a tongue-in-cheek article listing the five best places for black Americans to move if Donald J. Trump won the presidency. First on the list was Ghana, which the article identified as “one of the more stable democracies” in Africa. That’s true. But as Ghana prepares for its own presidential elections […]

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Nigeria’s Oil Economy Reeling From New Southern Insurgency

Their name may owe something to the caped crusaders loved by comic fans everywhere. However, the activities of a new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, are making them anything but superheroes to most Nigerians given their impact on the country’s economy. They have gained notoriety in the region after claiming responsibility for two attacks in May […]

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Impunity in East Africa: Lessons from Djibouti’s Corruption Case

The small coastal country of Djibouti made headlines last month as it was revealed that three-term President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh was scheduled to appear before the British High Court, which would have made him the first ever acting African head of state to do so. While pro-democracy activists in Djibouti and abroad heralded the development […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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