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  • 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...

  • 18th January 2024

Dangote refinery starts up and points to Nigeria's missing investors

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The start of production this week, after years of delay, of the Dangote Group's US$18.5 billion oil refinery opens a brave new world for Nigeria's oil and gas sector, after 50 years of dependence on refined petroleum products from Europe. The refinery wil...

  • 4th January 2024

Regional leaders hold Sudan summit as Red Sea crisis escalates

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Efforts by regional leaders to convene talks between Sudan's warring generals at the beginning of the year follow several failed international plans to end the brutal eight-month conflict. This is less a rebirth of multilateral African peacemaking than an...

  • 14th December 2023

After COP28, next stop carbon pricing deal and ending fossil fuel subsidies

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The UN COP28 climate summit in Dubai is being heralded as a triumph by western nations and its Emirati hosts. That is largely because of the presence in the final communiqué of a commitment, albeit heavily qualified, to shift 'away from fossil fuels in en...

  • 30th November 2023

Climate summit faces trillion dollar question on Loss and Damage Fund

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The status and funding of the Loss and Damage Fund will be the main institutional issue facing African and other world leaders as the UN COP28 climate summit in Dubai opens on 30 November. It is set to become the third-leading UN channel for climate finan...

  • 16th November 2023

Why Britain’s failed asylum deal with Rwanda is everyone’s problem

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Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has vowed to draft a new treaty on migration with Rwanda after the Supreme Court in London struck down a £140 million (US$174m) 'cash for asylum seekers' deal with President Paul Kagame's government. The ruling is a ma...

  • 2nd November 2023

Egypt seeks economic aid as Israel-Hamas war escalates

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Already facing record levels of inflation, Egypt's economic woes were deepened by a credit rating downgrade in October attributed to growing concerns about its debt affordability. The IMF has warned that Egypt's foreign exchange reserves will continue sou...

  • 19th October 2023

African Union chief accuses Israel of war crimes

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The explosion at the Al-Ahil Hospital in Gaza has underscored the limits on Israel's political support from African states just days after Hamas's 7 October attacks killed more than 1,400 people in southern Israel.AU Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahama...

  • 5th October 2023

Will 'earthquake diplomacy' work at the IMF and World Bank meeting in Marrakech?

Africa Confidential

Out of the phenomenon known as 'earthquake diplomacy' – as practised in Fukushima, Bali and l'Aquila – natural disasters have given grand multilateral meetings a shot in the arm and a sense of purpose. That is what the what the Moroccan government hopes w...

  • 22nd September 2023

Africa states its case as demands for UN reform grow

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The 40 African leaders at this week's UN General Assembly contrasts with the absence of four leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and points to an imbalance in multilateralism. Geopolitics helps explain it. Russia's invasion of...

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