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Protesters demand the freedom of the Sahrawi population. Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Unpacking the power plays over Western Sahara

Long considered a frozen conflict, the Western Sahara dispute roared back to life in late 2020, reviving old wounds and inflicting fresh ones.
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore at the Elysee Palace, in Paris in November. Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images

France wants to fix its relations with Africa. But it’s going about it the wrong way

Macron’s approach to Africa policy emulates the 1950’s strategies. Why? A big part of the answer can be found in the fact that today’s global circumstances are similar to those of post-World War II.
Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita (R) welcomes his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapidis to Rabat, in August 2021. The normalisation of relations between the two precipitated the breakup of Moroccan-Algerian diplomatic ties. EPA-EFE/Alal Morchidi

Why Algeria cut diplomatic ties with Morocco: and implications for the future

In the last decade, Morocco exploited the lethargy of Algeria’s diplomacy and the paralysis of the political system to advance its interests, often to the detriment of Algeria
Riyad Mahrez is one of several French born footballers currently playing for African countries. Shutterstock

How African diaspora footballers juggle the identity question

In football, a number of African teams draw heavily on their European-born diasporas, a reflection of a colonial past and deeply entrenched migration routes.

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