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From war to peace

Hopes are high that two of West Africa’s most war-devastated states – Liberia and Sierra Leone – will both see substantial turnarounds in 2008. Both governments have in place impre...

From Tokyo to Bamako

Japan is increasing its visibility in Mali and the rest of Africa in preparation for the TICAD IV and G8 summits

Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré (ATT) finally has something to show for his consistent performance as one of Japan's biggest proponents in Africa with the opening of t...

Post-war hopes hit trouble

A trip along the West African seaboard today might persuade an averagely optimistic traveller that life is getting better

Several countries have seen political progress with freer elections and freer newspapers. Many of the conflicts along the arc of crisis, which ran westwards from Abidjan towards Se...

The cocaine web spreads

Latin America's druglords are doing multimillion dollar business with West Africa's military and their politician pals

From their heydays in Nigeria in the 1980s, Latin America's druglords are diversifying their business in Africa. Nigerian traders still play a key role: they are regarded as world ...

All aboard

The new United States Africa Command (Africom) is not yet operational but the US Navy plans to put ships into the Gulf of Guinea before the formal start-up. A transition team in St...

Annivesaries and elections

Voters gather in Nigeria, Mali and Senegal while diplomats head to Accra for celebrations and summits

Nigeria’s national elections in April are the most critical event scheduled this year in Africa. If they go well, Nigeria may be able to consolidate civilian rule and make progres...

Candidates and rivals

One of the few genuinely popular public officials in Nigeria, Nuhu Ribadu, head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will be a key player in the electoral cycle. Fond of...

Oil and oligarchs

Oil bonanzas, succession struggles and post-war elections make an explosive regional cocktail

There is hot speculation about whether President Olusegun Obasanjo wants to amend the constitution and secure a third term which, according to some elder statesmen, could damage hi...

Oil, dollars and votes

Elections and energy security are focusing more attention on the region's flashpoints

An economic revolution is brewing along Africa's western seaboard. So far, its regional organisations - the Economic Community of West African States and the Southern African Devel...

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