Category: Africa

Rise of Private Militaries in Africa

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China, US, Russia and European involvement in the African security sector is steadily increasing. Driven by the need to secure resources and political influence, governments have deployed private militaries to enact policies without the fanfare and liabilities of military operations.…

The politics of ports in the Horn: War, peace and Red Sea rivalries

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For over 25 years, maritime strategy and port development in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden appeared relatively static. Eritrea looked inwards, neglecting its coast. Djibouti flourished, lucratively embracing Ethiopia’s trade, overseas investors and foreign military bases. Somalia’s shores…

China’s OBOR Initiative and it’s Debt Burden Choking Emerging Markets

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Across the world, China is busy lending large sums of money to economically vulnerable countries and then leveraging that debt for strategic gain. That’s according to a new academic report prepared for the US State Department by the Harvard Kennedy…

Sudan pressures the US by threatening Russian naval base on the Red Sea

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The US will probably remove Sudan from the SST before end-December, owing to sustained progress in counter-terrorism co-operation and on regional security. Although President Bashir asked for Russia’s support against alleged “US aggressive acts” on 23 November, this is likely…

Prominent tribal leader assassinated in car bombing in Libya

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A car bomb exploded near Bilal Ben Rabah mosque in Suluq, eastern Libya killing the prominent leader of Awageer Tribe, Ebrik Al-Lawati. The car bombing came after Friday prayer according to sources from the city. This bombing is no accident,…

One Belt, One Road: an economic roadmap

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OBOR IN AFRICA SGR: a window on Africa opportunities and risks One of the highest-pro le infrastructure projects in East Africa is Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). At an estimated total cost of KSh1.2trn (US$14bn), the SGR constitutes the largest…

Egypt redefines national security and diplomatic priorities to align with containing jihadism and unrest risks

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Key Points Diplomatic and economic relations with Saudi Arabia will decline further in 2017 as Egypt reassesses its domestic security requirements under its weak financial position. Cairo’s regional policy is likely to be motivated by a Russian-Iranian confrontation with Salafist-jihadist…

Tuareg Rebels Step Back From Panel Implementing Mali Peace Accord

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The main separatist group in northern Mali, the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), has suspended its participation in a committee charged with implementing a 2015 peace accord, according to a statement seen Tuesday by Reuters. The document, dated December 19…