31 August 17

The Gulf-Qatar crisis puts Somalia in a diplomatic tight spot

In June, Somalia’s new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, withstood pressure to cut ties with Qatar. While Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt ended diplomatic relations with Qatar, Somalia adopted the neutral stance. Even neighbouring Djibouti reduced diplomatic ties
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22 August 17

Djibouti: One of the world’s smallest nations, most important military bases

With China opening its first overseas military base in Djibouti early August, the tiny African country’s status as one of the world’s most important military bases is confirmed. The third smallest nation on Africa’s mainland is also home to the largest US
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18 August 17

Burundi crisis: Pierre Nkurunziza’s is already gearing up for 2020 elections

Burundi’s rapid decline into political crisis in 2015 is one of the region’s darkest stories since the turn of the century. Experts warn the country could plunge into an ethnic conflict similar to the horrors of neighbouring Rwanda in 1994,
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16 August 17

Is the world turning its back on Rwanda yet again?

More than 20 years after the world ignored the horrors of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Paul Kagame has been re-elected as the country’s leader with a 99% majority win. And why not? Kagame is widely credited as the man who steered
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11 August 17

East Africa is getting more dangerous, despite economic progress

The latest Global Peace Index says the world is slightly more peaceful this year than it was in 2016, but East Africa is one exception. Political instability fluctuates unpredictably in the region and a number of conflicts have added to an
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30 July 17

What will Ethiopia be like after state of emergency?

Last week, Ethiopia voted to lift the state of emergency that had been in place since October last year. The status was held in place for a period of ten months after the initial six-month spell was extended and civil
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28 July 17

Fake news could be a good thing for Kenyan media

Fake news is gripping Kenya ahead of the country’s presidential election on Tuesday. It’s not only growing in scale but also in sophistication as major publications are mimicked in order to deliver fake news stories. Last month, the BBC was forced
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24 July 17

Lessons from China: The pros and cons of rapid development

The rapid economic development of countries like Ethiopia and Rwanda are well documented. Or, more accurately, the benefits of Africa’s economic surge are widely applauded but the potential downsides of growing too much, too quickly are rarely discussed. Yet the
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19 July 17

Donald Trump has a big decision to make over Sudan sanctions

US President Donald Trump has a big decision to make next month regarding sanctions imposed on Sudan. The US president, whose travel ban on Sudan and five other predominantly Muslim nations was partially reinstated this week, will need to decide whether
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18 July 17

Somalia: Do US intervention create more terrorists?

The United States has a consistent approach to tackling extremism in foreign lands. Bombs drop from the sky, somewhat indiscriminately falling upon innocent civilians and targets identified as terrorist threats. Reports of extremist leaders being killed by airstrikes are pretty
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