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Sub-Saharan Africa Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Why an arms embargo could be South Sudan’s best hope

A comprehensive arms embargo on weapons flows into South Sudan would improve regional humanitarian conditions, mitigating political violence and growing civil unrest.

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

The DRC’s uncertain election

Political tensions are increasing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as concerns over a December election spread among the political opposition and the international community.

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite risks, cryptocurrency presents an exciting opportunity in Africa

As more states in Africa come to accept cryptocurrency in a technology-first approach to digitizing and diversifying their markets, these markets could exploit cryptocurrency opportunities.

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Abiy Ahmed: the dawn of a new day for Ethiopia?

Ethiopia recently swore in Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister. His appointment holds a great deal of meaning for Ethiopia and the region as a whole. His first months as Prime Minister will be closely watched by Ethiopians, neighboring countries, and the world.

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Freeing Burundi’s vote

The possible extension of President Nkurunziza’s term until 2034 was made possible by the vulnerability of Burundi’s national legislature, judiciary and electoral commission. Will institutional weakness continue?

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Ramaphosa’s land reform gamble

On December 20th 2017, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) voted to lay the groundwork for the expropriation of land without compensation, marking a departure from a ‘willing buyer willing seller’ model. This was the easy part – actual implementation will be decisive for the country.

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

The Security Briefing: Peace prospects for the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic’s security situation has been deteriorating since 2013. Will an increased United Nations presence and a new election be able to reconcile the deeply divided country?

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

The Gulf crisis echoes in Africa

The Qatari Emir’s visit to West Africa underlines the continued strategic importance of Africa in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Civil unrest awaits Chad as Idriss Déby likely to remain unchallenged

Chad will hold parliamentary elections in 2018, three years after the end of the initial parliamentary term, with Idriss Déby set to remain in power.

Politics Security Sub-Saharan Africa

5 Africa stories to watch in 2018

From widely known, to worrying to weird, here are five developing stories to watch in Africa as we kick off 2018.