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Africa Risk Pulse

Future of USAFRICOM: Economics over security

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo finally made his first visit to the African continent – some 18 months after taking up his position as head of the State Department. Considering the Trump administration’s obsession with tackling radical Islamist terrorism, the delay in visiting key African partners should raise questions about the US commitment to fighting the various ongoing insurgencies in the sub-Saharan Africa region. 

Africa Insights

Cameroon: Conflict Continues in Lead-up to Elections

On February 7th, parliamentary elections will be held in Cameroon, a nation plagued by internal conflict for the last four year. The prospect of elections has seen a ramping up of tensions, with a significant increase in violence from both the separatists in the country’s west and government forces.

Africa Under The Radar

South Africa: Attempts at Continental Diplomacy

Under President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa is seeking to regain the respect and authority it held in its early years of democracy.

Africa The Security Briefing

The Shifting Threat Matrix in West Africa

In recent years, West Africa has been considered a relative oasis of stability in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the region faces a multitude of threats that could spell a new era of insecurity.

Africa Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia’s critical juncture: Ethnic tensions and liberal transition

After a failed coup in June, ethnic violence and repression are on the rise in Ethiopia.

Africa Economics

Cameroon: A House Divided

Conflict has riddled Cameroon for the last two and a half years. Over this period, the government has continued to battle Boko Haram in the North. It has also focused on cracking down on Anglophone separatists in the West.

Africa Security

Burkina Faso: Front-line against Jihadism in West Africa

Burkina Faso’s strategic geographical position makes it crucial in the fight against extremism in West Africa, but the country is failing to contain the threat. Despite coordinated efforts, national and regional forces have been unable to counter the expansion of jihadist groups towards the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and Togo.

Africa Politics

Liberia: Mounting Political Tensions in a Fragile Context

Economic slowdown is sparking protests against the Liberian president, George Weah, one year after the departure of the UN peacekeeping mission. Despite its nominal success, the  international community has failed to address the root causes of conflict, and mounting political tensions could reinstigate violence in the country.

Africa Insights

Botswana and the LGBT community

The ruling made by the High Court of decriminalising homosexuality calls for jubilation among the LGBTQ+ community in Botswana and Africa.

Africa The Security Briefing

Benin’s Democracy: What has happened to it?

The aftermath of April’s legislative elections in Benin laid bare the public’s displeasure with President Patrice Talon’s administration.