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The officers’ mess

After his own bitter experience, Ouattara wants stern action against coups in the region

After seven regional summits on the Mali and Guinea-Bissau crises in just five months, President Alassane Dramane Ouattara is determined to reinforce West Africa's defences against...

From Delta militias to piracy

The amnesty deal in the Niger Delta seems to have driven the gangsters offshore in pursuit of seaborne business opportunities

Governments and oil companies were sufficiently alarmed by the spate of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea to call for help from the United Nations Security Council (AC Vol 52 No 20). Th...

A resolution in Abidjan

The military ousting of Gbagbo will have repercussions across Africa

The armed eviction of Laurent Gbagbo from the Ivorian presidency by a coalition of opposition, United Nations and French forces together with the organisation of national elections...

Dealers on a high

Stricter policing makes little impact on the flourishing cocaine trade, so it may be better to target the money launderers who handle the proceeds

The quantity of illegal drugs seized in Africa has been falling. However, that indicates not the success of anti-trafficking policies but the increasing skill of the traffickers in...


Huge numbers of West Africans hope to make a living abroad but find barriers in neighbouring countries and the rich West

The loss of more than 200 lives on 30 March, when a ship carrying African migrants to Europe sank off the coast of Libya, prompted calls for rich countries to ease their strictures...

Before and after the voting

Ghana’s close-fought but well-run election will set a new standard for competitive politics in Africa

NIGERIA: Reform and unrest The Supreme Court’s validation of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s contentious 2007 election victory will do little to stabilise Nigeria’s fractious poli...

Abuja writes the playbook, Beijing brings the players

Who is fooling whom in the scheming over oil and gas reserves?

On the face of it, the speculation that China could take over US$50 billion worth of Nigeria's oil reserves currently licensed to Western oil majors is on the outer reaches of po...

Cocaine coast

Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania were singled out as key locations for drugs transhipments by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) report for 2008. Diplomatic ...

Kingmakers and charlatans

Nigeria’s presidential contenders head for the courts while Ghana’s political veterans head for the hustings

A difficult year lies ahead for Nigerians as the political class manoeuvres for advantage in the aftermath of the chaotically rigged elections of April 2007. Legal chicanery, polit...

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