Africa

Uranium in Niger: When a Blessing Becomes a Curse

Yellowcake, cc Flickr Nuclear Regulatory Commission, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Niger has the world’s fourth-largest uranium reserves, and not much to show for it.

Ethiopians Flee to Kenya following Botched Military Operation

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Kenya has much to gain from actively working to de-escalate the growing crisis in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

DRC: Cutting off Kabila’s Cobalt Fix

cc Flickr MONUSCO Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Joseph Kabila has promised new elections, but recent moves regarding the DRC’s mining code suggest he may have other plans.

Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea?

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Border disputes, lucrative energy resources, and an aggressive regional hegemon – the similarities between the Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea are striking.

A World without Colonies: The Fight for Freedom in Western Sahara

A pro-Western Sahara protest in Madrid, cc Flickr Western Sahara, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The international community should not take the ceasefire in Western Sahara for granted.

Ramaphosa Gets to Work on South Africa’s ANC

AfricaVote, cc Flickr Darryn van der Walt, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Here’s what to expect from President Cyril Ramaphosa as he tries to rescue the ANC’s electoral prospects for 2019.

New Ethnic Clashes Erupt in DR Congo

Ituri, CC Monusco Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Renewed violence between the Hema and Lendu tribes is drawing disturbing parallels to one of the bloodiest wars in Africa’s history.

Egypt: Going through the Motions of Democracy

cc Flickr James N. Mattis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Egyptian voters are heading to the polls. Their choice: President al-Sisi or President al-Sisi.

South Africa: Populism’s Next Target

Julius_Malema, cc Gary van der Merwe, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Julius_Malema_2011-09-14.jpg

With a general election slated for next year, South Africa’s ruling ANC party faces a perfect storm for a populist rebuke.

Ethiopia: A Geopolitical Time Bomb in the Making

cc Jonathan Alpeyrie, modified, wikicommons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Column_of_ONLF_rebels.jpg

Ethiopia’s climate-sensitive economy, growing population, and inter-ethnic conflict make it a geopolitical time bomb primed to explode.

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