Africa
Birds of a feather? Burundi and Rwanda: the dangers of ignoring Africa’s Great Lakes Region (again)

Birds of a feather? Burundi and Rwanda: the dangers of ignoring Africa’s Great Lakes Region (again)

In 1994, the world stood and watched as Rwanda burned. Granted, there was little that the international community could have done to stem or prevent the violence, short of travelling back at least several years, if not several decades, to avert the pre-cursors of the violence. The international community vowed to never let such a...
Save the Elephants, End Terrorism

Save the Elephants, End Terrorism

The recent attacks in Paris have left the international community with one important question: how could this happen? More importantly, how can we prevent it from ever happening again? To begin to answer this question, we need to ask where terrorist organisations are receiving the funding to carry out such large scale attacks. Widely known...
From #FeesMustFall to #FeesHaveFallen

From #FeesMustFall to #FeesHaveFallen

“If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.” – Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s trade union congress, July 1993[1] In October South Africa faced the biggest protests since the end of apartheid in 1994. After the...
“A New Scramble for Africa?” India vs. China

“A New Scramble for Africa?” India vs. China

On 30 October, the third India-Africa Summit formally concluded, representing one of the largest landmark events in the history of relations amongst emerging powers. With 54 heads of state and government officials from across African nations descending on New Delhi for what promised to be the most comprehensive summit since its inception in 2008, [1]...
Egypt Purchases Mistral-class Assault Ships: Problems and Possibilities

Egypt Purchases Mistral-class Assault Ships: Problems and Possibilities

Back in 2011, French shipbuilders DCNS and the Russian corporation Rosoboronexport signed a deal which would have sent two French-designed Mistral-class assault ships to the Russian navy. That deal would have been completed this year. However, after Russian action in the Crimea, and later in the Eastern Ukraine, France cancelled the deal under pressure from...
Egypt’s Opposition-Free Democracy

Egypt’s Opposition-Free Democracy

“Celebrate the choice of representatives and make the right choice!” announced former army chief and now President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. “Plant with your votes the hope for a bright tomorrow for our new Egypt.” President Sisi was referring to the national elections for a new unicameral parliament, an ostensibly democratic move considering the...
West Africa’s Coastal Problem: Foreign Trawlers

West Africa’s Coastal Problem: Foreign Trawlers

From Senegal to Sierra Leone, illegal fishing has been a consistent blight on coastal communities along the Atlantic Ocean. The perpetrators of this illegal, unrecorded and/or unregulated (IUU) fishing activity are factory trawlers, industrial fishing boats that capture fish by dragging large nets behind them as they sail through ocean waters. These foreign trawlers, often...
Eritrea: Soldiers, Slaves and Silence

Eritrea: Soldiers, Slaves and Silence

An Eritrean man was beaten and shot 18 October by an angry mob in Jerusalem who had mistaken him for an accomplice to a nearby attack on a bus by a Palestinian. The man died from his wounds and Israeli authorities voiced a strong disapproval the vigilantism in reaction to this act. The question here is...
‘Don’t Kill Africa’ ? UN COP21 and the Post-Kyoto World

‘Don’t Kill Africa’ ? UN COP21 and the Post-Kyoto World

Following the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, —the official meeting of UN COP17— local demonstrators and climate change advocates around the world erupted into protest.[1] Despite initially high hopes that the conference would result in an international agreement regarding the future of the Kyoto Protocol, member parties voted to extend...
The UN at 70: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The UN at 70: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

“The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.” – Dag Hammarskjöld Over the last seven decades, the United Nations (UN) has been both criticised and revered in its operations around the world, and the celebration of its 70th birthday in October this year has prompted a new...
Mozambique and Mines: Some Lessons for the Future

Mozambique and Mines: Some Lessons for the Future

On 17 September 2015, Mozambique triumphantly declared itself mine-free, becoming the first of the ‘most mine-contaminated states in the world’ to achieve such an objective. Landmines had been a terrible legacy from decades of conflict in Mozambique, since the war of independence beginning in 1964 through the subsequent civil war, which nominally ended in 1992....
Gaddafi’s MANPADS: History and Histrionics

Gaddafi’s MANPADS: History and Histrionics

2011 was an optimistic time for the Middle East. The Arab Spring was in full swing and it looked as if Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Libya were on a path to democratic reform. The victory of rebel forces over Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi was the crowning achievement of the international community, demonstrating that members of...