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Rapprochement between Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki has changed the dynamics in the region. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

Sanctions are being lifted against Eritrea. Here’s why

The lifting of UN Sanctions is unlikely to end internal and external pressure for reform and greater democracy in Eritrea.
The World Trade Center burns after being hit by planes in New York Sept. 11, 2001. Reuters/Sara K. Schwittek

Why al-Qaida is still strong 17 years after 9/11

An unprecedented onslaught from the US hasn't destroyed the terrorist organization. What is the secret of its resilience?
A Somali man talks to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers as they secure an area in the coastal town of Kismayu in southern Somalia. Reuters/Siegfried Modola

What Kenya has to show for sending troops into Somalia seven years ago

Kenya cited national security when it crossed into Somali territory in pursuit of Al-Shabaab militants. But there were numerous other potential aims at play.
People move around the outskirts of Dagahaley settlement at Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The world’s largest refugee camp: what the future holds for Dadaab

UN Refugee Agency special envoy Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, explains what caused the reversal of the decision to close Dadaab, and what the future holds for Kenya's Somali refugees.
An armed policeman searches for Al-Shabaab gunmen during the deadly Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack in Nairobi in 2013. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Why Al-Shabaab targets Kenya – and what the country can do about it

Kenya faces a serious threat of terrorist attacks given its strategic geopolitical position, its tourism and corruption. The country needs to squarely face this and take appropriate measures.
AMISOM and Somalia army soldiers after their advance on three Al-Shabaab controlled towns in the Lower Shabelle region. AU-UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Election offers Kenya the chance to provide clarity about Somalia

It's unclear exactly when Kenya's next president will begin the process of withdrawing troops from Somalia. If it's too rushed, the move might destabilise the region.
Cyber attackers lurk in the shadows wielding the ability to hit governments where it hurts the most. Shutterstock

Is cyberspace the latest conflict frontier on the African continent?

Kenya recently expressed fear that Al-Shabaab could interfere with the electronic voting system during the upcoming general election. Are cyber attacks a real threat in Africa?

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