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  • 23rd May 2024

What President Ruto wants from state visit to US

Patrick Smith

Kenyan President William Ruto's state visit to the United States on 23-24 May, the first by an African leader since 2008, reinforces the country's role as the leading western ally in the region – on climate change, energy policy, Ukraine, trade and tax. O...

  • 9th May 2024

Should African states buy into Europe's data protection rules?

Patrick Smith

The European Union's offer of data access deals at the summit of African Data Protection Authorities in Nairobi on 7 May should prick the interest of more than just pointy-heads. Brussels wants Kenya, whose 2019 data protection law was modelled on the EU'...

  • 25th April 2024

Rights abusers in governments and armies shielded by global impunity

Blue Lines

The alarming volume of human rights abuses and the impunity enjoyed by many governments and their armed forces was underscored in the latest Amnesty International global report. The Sudan Armed Forces and its rival, the Rapid Support Forces, have repeated...

  • 11th April 2024

US trailing China badly in critical minerals race in Africa

Blue Lines

A report just published by the United States Institute of Peace has given President Joe Biden's government a jolt. 'U.S. economic and national security depend on securing a reliable supply of critical minerals, including from Africa,' it argues. The Unite...

  • 28th March 2024

Thirty years on Rwanda and Congo-Kinshasa are haunted by a murderous history

Patrick Smith

Thirty years after the genocide in Rwanda, President Paul Kagame remains omnipresent on the national and regional political scene. He is certain to secure another term with a Soviet-style vote share in July's election. He has made no attempt to groom a su...

  • 14th March 2024

US envoy launches new push for Sudan peace

Blue Lines

With just over nine months until the end of the current administration in the United States, Tom Perriello, a former Congressman and Director of the Open Society Foundation, has his work cut out as President Joe Biden's Special Envoy for Sudan. Days after...

  • 29th February 2024

Senegal's succession drama hits regional nerve

Blue Lines

Senegal had been edging back from the brink. But the latest plans put forward by civic, political and religious leaders for its delayed presidential elections to be held on 2 June, with President Macky Sall staying in office until then, threaten to reigni...

  • 16th February 2024

Why conflict and capital should top the African Union summit agenda

Africa Confidential

When leaders gather at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on 17-18 February, they will face the most serious test of the organisation's credibility since its foundation in 2002.The AU is being challenged at every level: most of all on its response to...

  • 15th February 2024

African leaders gear up for crisis summit in Addis

Blue Lines

When leaders gather at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on 17-18 February, they will face the most serious test of the organisation's credibility since its foundation in 2002. The AU is being tested at every level: most devastatingly on its ability...

  • 1st February 2024

Sahel-exit will hit security across West Africa

Blue Lines

The stage-managed decision by the military juntas in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger to quit the Economic Community of West African States strikes at the organisation's credibility and at the region's framework for cooperation. Some downplay its significance...

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