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  • 19th November 2015

Target Africa

Blue Lines

As the global media spotlight stayed on the Da'ish attacks on Paris and the aftermath, a suicide bomber killed more than 80 people in a vegetable market in Yola, Nigeria, attracting little attention. In fact, there was more fuss about the demand from Afri...

  • 11th November 2015

Valletta summit tries for new migration deal

Patrick Smith

This week African and European leaders head to Malta to discuss new plans to limit migration while Senegal hosts a summit on the growing security problems in the region. Tomorrow, Nigeria's President Buhari is due to announce his cabinet at last and some ...

  • 5th November 2015

India steps up

Blue Lines

Just in time to offer some respite from the China slowdown blues, enter India, hosting an Africa summit on 26-29 October. With 41 African heads of state in attendance, it seems Prime Minister Narendra Modigot the timing right, with promises to deepen trad...

  • 4th November 2015

No third term in Congo-K, just a very long second one

Patrick Smith

This week there is a warning of more trouble to come as Congolese officials suggest national elections be postponed, while the dispute between Nigerian officials and South Africa's MTN over a US$5 billion bill might escalate further. President Alassane Ou...

  • 27th October 2015

CCM tipped to win as opposition raises doubts

Blue Lines

It's a bumper election week with results coming in from the national contests in Tanzania and Côte d'Ivoire and from Congo-Brazzaville's referendum on changing the constitution to allow President Denis Sassou-Nguesso yet another term. Meanwhile, a Nigeria...

  • 22nd October 2015

Britain's Africa continental shift

Blue Lines

Britain's Africa relations have been peppered in recent years with near misses, faux pas and a general lack of policy, but this may be changing with major conferences on migration, next month in Malta, and on climate change, in Paris in December. British ...

  • 14th October 2015

Economic crisis? What crisis?

Patrick Smith

This week South Africa's African National Congress starts preparing for next year's municipal elections after their policy conference and predictions of more economic troubles. Political troubles could worsen in Guinea as the opposition refuse to accept t...

  • 7th October 2015

African governance: best and worst

Blue Lines

This year’s Index of African Governance from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation shows that since 2011 – the year of the Arab Spring and the United States’ financial recovery – human development and rights, and participation have improved but security and economic ...

  • 24th September 2015

Is a Buhari doctrine emerging?

Blue Lines

Despite the lengthy delays in forming a cabinet, President Muhammadu Buhari has been much quicker to appoint his top military and security officers and to push ahead with a series of bilateral and multilateral summits. Not only did he chair the regional l...

  • 10th September 2015

Opposition lines

Blue Lines

On his coming travels to France and New York for the United Nations General Assembly this month, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his delegation will be sought out by the posse of lobbying companies advising Africa’s ever hopeful opposition partie...

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