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The Africa Union’s military intervention capacity can benefit hugely from the experience and capabilities of China’s People’s Liberation Army. EFE-EPA/Michael Reynoldss

Peace and security in Africa: how China can help address weaknesses

The "Chinese Model" for development could be a blueprint for the modernisation and transformation of African economies.
US president Joe Biden makes a foreign policy speech at the State Department in Washington, DC, on 4 February. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo

What African countries can expect from Biden: and what they should ask for

At the top of President Biden's foreign policy agenda are COVID-19 and climate change. He has also pledged to make diplomacy and multilateralism the primary means of US foreign policy.
Addis Ababa, November 2018. The African Union launches its own Peace Fund with the aim to ensure predictable financing for peace and security activities in Africa. paulkagame/flickr

How member states and partners impede the African Union’s quest for financial autonomy

Wavering commitment in African capitals and the continued attractiveness of the African Union to external funders risk stalling the crucial path to financial autonomy.
French Air Force soldiers work on a Boeing C135 parked on the French Air Force base in Niamey, Niger in December, 2017.

Why foreign countries are scrambling to set up bases in Africa

The Horn of Africa is the epicentre of foreign military activity. Foreign troops have been deployed to support peace initiatives, subdue terror groups and support foreign security initiatives.
Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki (left), Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (right) and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Why a proposed Horn of Africa bloc could destabilise the larger region

The proposed cooperation promises to address transnational problems within the three countries but it might alienate the rest of East Africa.
A demonstrator stands with a sign reading: “Demands: sack the local authority, disarm militias, protect citizens, cattle, and farmland, and end friction between farmers and shepherds”, during a protest in Central Darfur. Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

Darfur: how historical patterns of conflict are haunting current violence

The root causes of the ongoing conflict in Darfur are rising to the surface amid an influx of arms from Libya.

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