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  • 28th April 2016

Getting serious about democracy

Blue Lines

Unencumbered by the African Union's need to reach a consensus among its 54 member states, the Tana Security Forum, which also meets each year in Ethiopia, is expanding its influence as it confronts some of the more unpalatable realities of political stabi...

  • 14th April 2016

Voting for change

Blue Lines

This year’s flurry of ostensibly competitive elections is prompting some activists to rethink their assessment of the forward march of democratic politics in Africa. After the unprecedented victory of the opposition presidential candidate in Nigeria, Afri...

  • 13th April 2016

Buhari's team gets US$6 billion loan for infrastructure and boosts use of yuan

Patrick Smith

This week, there is some better economic news for Nigeria after President Buhari's trip to Beijing but more worries about pressure on banks in Kenya. Although Chadian President Déby looks confident of victory after general elections on 10 April, another l...

  • 6th April 2016

Panama documents cast light on shady politicians and businesses in Africa

Patrick Smith

This week the leak of the details of over 10 million account documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca dominates the news and African activists start to probe the list to track their politicians and business people. Then there is the drama of con...

  • 31st March 2016

Engines of development

Blue Lines

Despite pressure from the doom-sayers amid the commodity price crash, some big battalions in Africa are fighting back with ambitious new projects that could create growth and jobs – if they go ahead. Most significant is the US$5.42 billion deal between Ke...

  • 17th March 2016

Time to make the corruption crackdowns pay

Blue Lines

It was Kenya's graft-buster-in-chief in 2002, John Githongo, who observed that anti-corruption was good politics. And so it proved until he stumbled on the wrong political skeletons in the closet. President Mwai Kibaki did nothing to defend Githongo, who ...

  • 8th March 2016

Finance Minister Gordhan on mission to London and New York

Patrick Smith

We have commercial and political diplomacy in Nigeria and South Africa, a crowded field of presidential hopefuls in Benin, and a last and very ambitious bid at conflict resolution by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.SOUTH AFRICA: Finance Minister Gordhan ...

  • 3rd March 2016

Mujuru's move

Blue Lines

Zimbabwe's political scene has opened up this week as former Vice-President Joice Mujurulaunched her new party, Zimbabwe People First. ZANU-PF is riven by factionalism as the race to succeed President Mugabe intensifies. Mujuru's new party is the most imp...

  • 18th February 2016

Election race for UN Chief

Blue Lines

As the campaign for the next Secretary General of the United Nations heats up, the career of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who died on 16 February, should prove instructive. The Egyptianwho held the UN’s top job in 1992-96 was one of the most experienced diploma...

  • 4th February 2016

African Union thinks again on interventions

Blue Lines

A strong group within the African Union, including AU Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, backed the sending of an armed force to Burundi to confront President Pierre Nkurunziza's government. This followed a succession of alarming reports from A...

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