06 September 16

Where Did It All Go Wrong for Rwanda and Burundi Relations?

In August Burundi barred transport vehicles from crossing the border into Rwanda. Since then, all food exports to Burundi’s closest neighbour have been banned, deepening the bilateral rift between the two countries. Back in May, Rwanda expelled more than 1,500
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05 August 16

Development vs Democracy: Is Third-Termism Africa’s Path to Sustainability?

The growing trend of third-termism in Africa is a big topic on the international scene. The likes of Britain and the US have worked closely with African leaders to establish democratic roots across the continent. Yet all that effort is starting
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04 August 16

South Sudan: Would an Arms Embargo Aid Peace?

After renewed violence ni South Sudan, the UN is once again calling for an arms embargo against the country. South Sudan has rejected the proposal, saying it would expose the country to further chaos. Uganda’s President Museveni is among the
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04 August 16

What Will the US Presidential Elections Mean for Africa?

Unlike any other election in the world, the US presidential polls have a truly global impact. When Obama sealed his first victory in 2009 it felt like a genuine moment of change. And there’s a sense this year’s upcoming elections could
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03 August 16

Is Africa the Next Big Travel Destination?

A lot has been said recently about Ethiopia’s rise as a travel destination. The country is touting itself as the “newest travel adventure” and visitor number are sharply on the rise. It makes you wonder if a similar trend could
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03 August 16

Can Africa Become an Innovator in Digital Technology?

Home to six of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa’s development is capturing global attention. And there’s a sense that the timing couldn’t be better. The rise of digital industries and mobile internet come at a time when African infrastructure
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02 August 16

Is John Magufuli East Africa’s Next Paul Kagame?

Last week, Tanzania President John Magufuli threatened to crack down on opposition protests “without mercy”. It’s the latest in a series of moves to outrage his opponents. They say he’s an undemocratic leader seeking to create an authoritarian state. And, while his
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29 July 16

Has the World Already Forgotten Burundi?

It was hard to escape press coverage of Burundi’s political crisis during the second half of last year. Speculation the country could descend into an ethnic conflict, similar to Rwanda’s in 1994, made great headlines – for journalists and readers
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25 July 16

What is happening in Mozambique?

American helicopter flying over flooded Limpopo River in Mozambique – via Wikimedia Not long after Sir John Chilcot’s long expected 2.8 million-word report on Tony Blair’s involvement in the Iraq war was made public, it was confirmed that the ex-U.K.
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18 July 16

Failed State: Was South Sudan Doomed From the Start?

Following the latest armed clashes in Juba, South Sudan’s status as a failed state seems confirmed. A ceasefire order from President Kiir just about prevented all-out civil war last week. But the extent of violence seen in the capital recently
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