The military is not tactically trained for community protection and crime fighting and South Africa should not deploy soldiers in urban communities.
US President Donald Trump hasn't proposed new initiatives for Africa but didn't end those launched by his predecessors either.
Mediation is common in Africa but there hasn't been enough emphasis on how it affects the outcome of peace negotiations.
China's presence in Africa continues to grow with its first military base in Djibouti. It wants to be a friend to Africa positioning itself as a global power while looking after its own interests.
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.
The introduction of an African passport has the capacity to bring about increased migration of Africans within Africa.
For real integration to happen, the Pan African Parliament needs to be imbued with supranational law-making powers. But national sovereignty is something that many states are reluctant to give up.
Qatar withdrawing its troops has reignited tensions between Eritrea and Djibouti which the UN and African Union are trying to mediate. This comes as Eritrea is also embroiled in the Yemen civil war.
Africa's great green wall suffers from a major mismatch between ambition and effort. But that's not to say it should be ditched altogether.
When the US Secretary of State stood up the AU Chairperson the writing was on the wall. Africa needs to become the master of its own destiny.
The move by the African Union to develop a policy to regulate the impact of firms on human rights puts it ahead of other regions as it seeks to guide companies conducting activities on the continent.
By admitting South Sudan and Morocco to the African Union, the continental organisation has proven yet again that its commitment to upholding its own democratic ideals is lacking.
African countries are bound by continental law to put aside funds for the protection of women's rights, but very few have managed to put their gender-budgeting guidelines into practice
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.
Former Chadian president Hissène Habré's fate will be sealed by the appeals judgment in a part domestic and international trial bringing closure to victims and human rights champions after a 20 years.
The African pushback is as a result of the ICC's own Africa strategy.
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 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.
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.
Barack Obama's high standing in sub-Sahara Africa persisted despite grumbling that he never delivered American largess to the degree many initially expected.