African Union Rocked by China Spying Allegations

African Union Headquarters, cc Flickr Artyukh Igor, modified, public domain

Will the discovery of surveillance bugs in the AU's headquarters reverberate in wider China-Africa relations?

Global Forecast (02-06-2018)


Pressure mounts on South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, China nears completion of its militarization of Mischief Reef, and a CPEC worker is assassinated in Karachi.

Cameroon Crisis Imperils Bilateral Relations, Cocoa Crop


A long-running linguistic dispute in Cameroon has now spawned a secessionist movement that’s imperiling both the country’s bilateral relations with Nigeria and its cocoa-growing heartland in the southwest.

Cobalt Draws Reluctant Carmakers Back to a Wobbly DRC

EVcharging, cc Flickr Kārlis Dambrāns, modified,

Spiking demand for cobalt is taking electric vehicle manufacturers to one of the riskiest operating environments in Africa.

Pirates Target Transnational Shipping off of Nigeria

110413-N-HI707-170 U.S. Navy sailors conduct visit, board, search and seizure training with Nigerian special operations sailors at the Joint Maritime Special Operations Training Command as part of Africa Partnership Station West in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 13, 2011. Africa Partnership Station is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Darryl Wood, U.S. Navy. (Released)

The global trend of decreased piracy is being bucked in Nigeria, where Niger Delta-based pirate groups hijacked five vessels in 2017.

South Sudan: In Search of a Path to Peace

Image Courtesy: Steve Evans, Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic | Wikimedia Commons, modified,

It’s time for the international community to get serious about ending the South Sudanese civil war.

Protests Erupt in Cities across Tunisia

An anti-terrorism protest in Tunisia in July 2014, cc Flickr Magharebia, modified,

Just days from the anniversary of former president Zine El Abadine Ben Ali stepping down, protesters are flooding the streets in the cradle of the Arab Spring.

Outlook 2018: The Year in Drought


Droughts disrupted food production and spurred migration and conflict worldwide in 2017. Will 2018 be any different?

Outlook 2018: Five Economies to Watch


Five economies headed for boom or bust in 2018.

Zimbabwe after Mugabe: New Dawn or Business as Usual?

Zimflag, cc Nicholas Raymond, modified,

The honeymoon period for Zimbabwe's new president could be exceedingly short.

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