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Turkey’s President Erdogan visits Africa: A Commentary

President Erdogon visits Somalia in 2015. AMISOM, modified.

Africa has emerged as a diplomatic priority for Turkey, as evidenced by President Erdogan’s recent tour through the region.

Past is Precedent: Political Gridlock Tests State Institutions in Somalia

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Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s mandate has expired and no new elections are on the horizon. Has Somalia’s 2012 constitution reached its breaking point?

Zambia Becomes First Post-COVID Debt Default

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Zambia is expected to become the first country to default on its debt since the COVID-19 epidemic hit. It likely won’t be the last.

Burkina Faso’s Elections to Proceed, Votes or No Votes

Émilie Iob (VOA) cc, modified,,_Ouagadougou,_29_Nov_2015.jpg

Changes to the electoral code align with broad democratic backsliding in the region.

Ivory Coast Election Is Heading Off the Rails

President and First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire, CC Flickr, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Modified,,

Ivory Coast has all of the necessary elements for conflict over the upcoming October election.

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.

The African Union: Summitry or Substance?

AU 50th anniversary in Addis Ababa, Flickr US Department of State, modified, public domain

Can the African Union make this an “African Century,” or is it destined to share the same fate as the Organisation of African Unity that preceded it?

AfCFTA: Potential Problems for a Single-Market Africa

KENYA, Mombasa: Photograph taken by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) 31 July shows a general view of Mombasa Port on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast. MANDATORY CREDIT: MEAACT PHOTO / STUART PRICE., modified, Flickr, MEAACT Kenya, public domain

Signing the landmark agreement was a relatively simple exercise; the true test is yet to come.

Italy Returns to the Horn of Africa

Around 200 Somali graduates completed Italian Mission Training 5, a nearly three-month training program where they learned policing skills as part of an agreement between Italy and Somalia at the Djibouti Police Academy, June 23, 2016. The course taught the trainees skills in crime scene investigation, counterterrorism intervention, riot control, environmental protection and others. During the ceremony, Italian Army Col. Renato Chicoli thanked the trainees, Somali Police Forces, as well as the National Gendarmerie and police of Djibouti for their dedication to the success of the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Raughton/Released)

After a three-decade absence from the Horn of Africa, Italy is re-engaging with the region – and its ambitions go well beyond the issue of migration.

Has Madagascar Managed to Avert a Crisis?

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Madagascar has cobbled together a national unity government, but will it be enough to stabilize the political process and a delicate economic recovery?

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