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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 Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Is Ghana’s Economic Growth Failing to Reach The People?

Improvements to the country’s macroeconomic story may not be enough to maintain the support of the Ghanaian electorate, and keep the NDC challenge at bay.

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

South Sudan: Post civil war instability

September’s peace deal in South Sudan was greeted with apprehensive relief. Now scepticism is rising.

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: soon to be Africa’s largest democracy?

Previous elections in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, have been plagued by violence and election fraud. Amidst a backdrop of heightened insecurity fuelled by political tensions in the region, Saturday’s election will be decisive in defining Nigeria’s role on the global stage. They will also be fundamental in determining investor confidence and characterising Africa’s relationship with democracy.

Insights Sub-Saharan Africa

New alliances in the future of the Horn of Africa

After years of conflict and a tense stalemate between the two countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal in July that marks a new chapter in the relations between the two countries. If it is true that these are frankly positive news, the sudden change of pace seemed having taken everyone by surprise.

Environment Natural resources and energy Politics Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

DRC Cobalt: A potential achilles heel of electric vehicles

With the global transition to electric vehicles (EVs), corporations are increasingly forced to rely on cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a culture of corruption, unscrupulous mining practices, and political instability threaten supply security.

Middle East/North Africa Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Saudi influence in Africa: A destabilising power?

Through its commercial, political and military ties with a number of African states, Saudi Arabia aims to increase the visibility of its foreign policy.

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Mozambique faces a nexus of smuggling and extremism

Fears arise over an Islamic insurgency in Northern Mozambique that threatens the recent discovery of $30 billion of oil and gas reserves. Yet these concerns may be clouding the reality of blurred lines between extremism and organised crime. How has the Jihadi threat emerged?

Guest Post Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Guest Post: Blood chocolate – climate change and conflict in the West African cocoa belt

Cocoa is a vital economic sector in West Africa, but climate change threatens to reduce the area suitable for its cultivation, bringing with it a risk for mass migration and civil violence.

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

What rising resource nationalism in Africa means for mining investors

Lately, resource nationalism in the African mining sector has increased. In some African states, which make key contributions to international mining, larger mining rents indicate greater national control.