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  • 27th May 2021

Rabat challenges Madrid on migration

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Morocco's decision to open its usually tight border controls in mid-May, allowing thousands of migrants into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, showed two important things: how African states can weaponise migration in their dealings with Europe and the double...

  • 13th May 2021

Uganda's Museveni faces sanctions row

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A small group of regional leaders flew in to see President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration for his sixth term of office on 12 May following January's disputed general elections. After sanctions from the United States State Department and censure from the E...

  • 29th April 2021

The politics of Nigeria's security threats

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The synchronicity of two headlines on 27 April – 'Boko Haram two hours from Abuja' and 'Buhari calls on US to move Africa Command HQ to continent' – paints an alarming landscape of the security breakdown in Nigeria and the region. Almost as unsettling is ...

  • 15th April 2021

Challenges for aid in a pandemic

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Foreign aid from governments rose to an all-time high of €161.2 billion (US$192.1bn) in 2020, a 3.5% real terms increase, according to data published this week by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Aid to Africa as a whole increas...

  • 1st April 2021

IMF votes on cash boost plan

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After the opening of the International Monetary Fund's spring meetings on 5 April, its leading shareholders look set to fire a big bazooka: a US$650 billion issuance of new 'Special Drawing Rights', the IMF's reserve currency. In quantitative terms, this ...

  • 18th March 2021

Britain picks its African allies

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The Integrated Review of Britain's Foreign and Defence policy, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 16 March, carries mixed messages for Africa. Beyond its tilt towards south-east Asia, Britain wants to boost relations with a narrow band of Africa...

  • 4th March 2021

North Africa awaits the Biden reset

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After a month in which the Gulf monarchies saw the new United States administration in action, with sanctions against top security officials in Saudi Arabia, airstrikes on Iranian-backed militia in Iraq and pressure on United Arab Emirates' expansionism i...

  • 18th February 2021

Clashes reach Nigeria's south-west

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Clashes between Yoruba and Fulani youths in Ibadan, one of the biggest cities in west Africa, escalated over the weekend of 13-14 February amid local reports that some 20 people had been killed and thousands driven from their homes. Seyi Makinde, governor...

  • 4th February 2021

Can sanctions stop corruption?

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Do sanctions ever stop grand corruption and human rights abuses? The question is worth asking as Britain slaps asset freezes and travel bans on Zimbabwe's top securocrats – a spy chief and a police chief, and commander of the presidential guard – all of w...

  • 21st January 2021

Africa's youth send US President Biden a message

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Alongside the gargantuan domestic policy agenda awaiting United States President Joe Biden and strategic challenges in Russia and China, his arrival at the White House has stirred hopes of a new start in Africa. These include more support for the internat...

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