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  • 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 Gordha...

  • 3rd March 2016

Mujuru's move

Blue Lines

Zimbabwe's political scene has opened up this week as former Vice-President Joice Mujuru launched 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 im...

  • 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 Egyptian who held the UN’s top job in 1992-96 was one of the most experienced diplom...

  • 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...

  • 2nd February 2016

AFRICAN UNION: Summit gives Nkurunziza another chance

Patrick Smith

This week diplomats and soldiers mull the decisions and lack of decisions at the African Union summit as political tensions rise in Uganda ahead of this month’s presidential elections. Mozambicans want to know what is behind the shooting of a top Renamo o...

  • 21st January 2016

The missing oil money

Blue Lines

Even in the annals of Nigerian corruption scandals, the latest revelations about the diversion of state funds under the presidencies of Goodluck Jonathan and Umaru Musa Yar'Adua are breaking records. On 18 January, Information Minister Lai Mohammed ann...

  • 7th January 2016

Africa in 2016

Blue Lines

We start 2016 with our annual forecast of political, economic and security developments over the coming year, to complement our usual look in the rear view mirror. We concur with the view of the American baseball star Yogi Berra, who died in September, th...

  • 24th December 2015

Big social social spending and big borrowing in Buhari's maiden budget

Patrick Smith

In a final splurge of news before the new year, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari presents a mega-budget and Burkina Faso's new government issues an arrest warrant for ousted President Blaise Compaoré. And there is electoral competition in Uganda and D...

  • 17th December 2015

Ambition and change

Blue Lines

Wobbly governments, imploding companies and crashing commodities mark out a coda to the past decade of high growth and political self-confidence. Economists argue about how much rising national incomes could be attributed to better macro-economic manageme...

  • 3rd December 2015

China's new diplomatic mission

Blue Lines

An early winner in the diplomatic gamesmanship around the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, where 150 world leaders gathered this week, is China. Environmental degradation and fossil fuel pollution have become physical dangers for hundreds of mill...

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