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In Africa mediation mandates are typically contained in resolutions passed by the UN the AU or sub-regional bodies that attempt to resolve conflicts. Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Study on African mediation highlights the significance of the mandate

Mediation is common in Africa but there hasn't been enough emphasis on how it affects the outcome of peace negotiations.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir returned to Khartoum, after evading possible arrest in South Africa in 2015. EPA/Marwan Ali

ICC ruling on South Africa and al-Bashir: pragmatism wins the day

The ICC has been criticised for not acting against South Africa after it failed to arrest Sudan's president in 2015. But, the court actually acted sensibly given the challenges it faces.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco, (L) walks with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Morocco reaps rewards of major changes in its diplomatic strategy

Morocco has been on a massive diplomatic drive, using both its political and economic muscle. Since his coronation in 1999, the king has led over 40 visits to African countries south of the Sahara.
Morocco’s return to the African Union raises questions about the body’s continued commitment to anti-colonialism and its pan-Africanism.

Morocco’s membership of the AU: has unity finally been achieved?

The African Union sees Africa as a sealed off geographic entity. Yet it remains remarkably quiet about the many bits of Africa that are geographically part of it but do not consider it their home.
The 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. GCIS

How the African Union’s planned overhaul may affect its ties with China

The African Union is changing the way it does business. Its new reforms, led by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, call for fewer strategic priorities and addressing bureaucratic bottlenecks.
People cheer as Senegalese troops arrive to take charge of security at the presidential palace in Banjul, The Gambia. EPA/Legnan Koula

What the rest of Africa can learn from The Gambia’s transition to democracy

The adoption of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance five years ago raised hopes for a new democratic Africa. But its ideals remain elusive for many parts of the continent.
Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces on patrol following deadly fighting close to Malakal in October 16, 2016. Reuters/Jok Solomon

Lessons from The Gambia to end the impasse in South Sudan

There’s still hope South Sudan can avoid becoming a full failed state. This will require radical changes in Juba's mindset and bolder action from regional and international players.

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