Sub-Saharan Africa

  • KABILA PLAYS THE MEDVEDEV OPTION

    - Sep 26, 2018
    The date set for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s long-delayed presidential elections, 23 December 2018, is swiftly approaching. The elections, if they are held, will mark two years since President Joseph Kabila’s constitutional mandate expired...
  • AFRICA’S LATEST INSURGENCY: MOZAMBIQUE

    - Sep 26, 2018
    In the shadow of several headline-grabbing insurgent movements operating across Africa from Mali to Somalia, northern Mozambique is in the grip of a low level but rapidly worsening jihadist insurgency. The group launched itself onto the...
  • SA POLICE WOEFULLY UNDER-RESOURCED IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

    - Sep 26, 2018
    THE South African Police Service organization tasked with investigating terrorism, treason and crimes aimed at undermining the state and the constitution has only three policemen to cover the whole of KwaZulu Natal province. KwaZulu Natal borders...
  • ERIK PRINCE BUYS A NAVY IN MOZAMBIQUE

    - May 14, 2018
    Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater Security Consulting, a controversial private military company, has taken control of a private navy in the Indian Ocean, with its own air force and sophisticated weaponry. Prince, a war entrepreneur and...
  • PUTIN’S PRIVATEERS EXPAND INTO AFRICA

    - May 14, 2018
    The terrible defeat suffered by forces of the Wagner Group private military company (PMC) at Deir el-Zour (Syria), in early February 2018 did not lead to the demise of this increasingly famous Russian PMC. On the...
  • AFRICA’S ALTERNATIVE PATH TO DEVELOPMENT

    - May 13, 2018
    Recent projections indicate that several Sub-Saharan African countries will experience robust economic growth over the next five years. By 2023, around one-third of the region’s economies will have grown at an average annual rate of 5...
  • A SLICE OF WAKANDA IN PEACE-LOVING BOTSWANA

    - Apr 6, 2018
    Ian Khama, a retired army general, stepped down as president of Botswana on March 31st, handing the diamond-rich country to his deputy after a decade at the helm. Mokgweetsi Masisi became just the third leader to...
  • AUTHORITIANISM AND ASSASSINATION: WELCOME TO THE NEW TANZANIA

    - Apr 6, 2018
    On September 7, 2017, the Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu was heading home from work. As Chief Whip of the opposition Chadema party, he had been participating in parliamentary discussions on disagreements between Tanzania and Malawi...
  • ETHNIC CLEANSING INTENSIFIES IN EASTERN DRC

    - Apr 5, 2018
    Ethnically motivated violence continues to escalate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s historically volatile northeast. In the Djugu region of Ituri province, hundreds of members of the Hema ethnic community have been killed and tens...
  • SOMALILAND IS WORKING

    - Mar 27, 2018
    Amid the chaos and conflict of the Horn of Africa and Gulf of Arabia, one country stands out as a beacon of democracy… but is still shunned by the African Union and the international community. Now...