African politics

An African Powder Keg: Terrorism in the Sahel

cc Flickr U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, modified,, Minister of Defense and Veteran affairs, Chèrif Sy, U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Andrew Young, render honors during a pass and review portion of the closing ceremony to Flintlock 2019. This year’s exercise is being hosted by U.S. African partner nation Burkina Faso. By bringing members of the G5 Sahel, Multinational Joint Task Force, and various troop contributing nations together to develop and implement complimentary tactical operations, Flintlock 2019 better enables African partners to conduct real world missions structured around a coherent campaign plan. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 (SW/AW) Evan Parker / released)

Unless deep-rooted socioeconomic and security issues are addressed, Africa’s development miracle risks being derailed. Nowhere is this truer than with the G5 countries in the Sahel.

Malawi’s Election Rerun: Lessons for Africa’s Opposition Groups

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With its recent election re-run, Malawi became an exemplar of institutional maturity on the African continent.

Cry Havoc! Why the West Needs to Let Slip the Dogs of War in Africa

cc Flickr US Army Africa, modified, East African soldiers from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Sudan practice counter-IED movement during training March 30, 2011. Photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May, CJTF-HOA Public Affairs Office

Could mercenaries help to unwind the growing nexus of terrorism and criminality in Africa?

Lessons from Gambia’s Political Transition

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Just one year removed from a constitutional crisis, Gambia is struggling to move beyond the human rights abuses of the Jammeh era.

Mugabe Legacy Looms over Upcoming Zimbabwe Elections

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Upcoming elections in Zimbabwe will be free, but whether they’ll be fair is another question entirely.

Zimbabwe after Mugabe: New Dawn or Business as Usual?

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

The End of the Mugabe Era in Zimbabwe

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The army has taken control of Harare and placed longtime President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest.

Will Odinga’s Gambit Pay Off in Kenya?

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Opposition politician Raila Odinga gambled by calling for a boycott of the second presidential vote. Will the move pay off with a high office, or is Kenya about to descend back into political instability and violence?

Global Forecast (10-23-2017)


Abe cruises to a new supermajority in Japan, Raqqa falls to the Syrian Democratic Forces, and Kenyans head back to the polls for a tense presidential rerun.

Global Forecast (09-14-2017)


The Astana Talks go in search of a long-term ceasefire for the Syrian civil war, Kenya prepares for a rerun of its presidential elections, and the Chinese economy loses some steam.

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