The standoff between Abiy Ahmed and the armed forces in Tigray has already caused thousands to flee their homes.
The Ethiopian premier is manipulating ethnic rivalries to shift the agenda from democratic reform to authoritarianism.
The tensions that had been simmering between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Abiy administration eventually boiled over.
Twenty years after the first China-Africa forum, the perceptions of ordinary African citizens still need to be better considered in government-to-government interactions.
The situation in Cabo Delgado is dire. The international community needs to act fast to contain it.
More needs to be done to ensure that journalists can do their important work without fear or favour.
Tanzania’s October poll shows that elections are purely performative for governments which do not adhere to the basic tenets of democracy.
Magufuli took a populist approach in trying to woo voters away from an invigorated opposition, and when that didn’t work he reported to oppressive tactics.
As key opposition members lose seats in their strongholds, it is clear that Tanzania’s ruling party is set to establish a super-majority that will institute a deeper authoritarian agenda.
In January 2016, Kenyan troops were defeated by Al-Shabaab militants at El Adde in Somalia. This is why it happened.
He’s a brooding, taciturn figure, who has dominated Eritrean politics since the 1970s, and there are few signs of an effective challenge to his rule.
The transitional government has achieved a monumental milestone, but peace agreements in Sudan have been known to fall apart quickly.
Kenya’s constitution-making process has exhibited a gyration pattern that often starts with a belief that governance reforms can rectify the country’s problems, but ends up as a power struggle.
Angola has a complex history in which war has featured prominently. There is much more to the country than that, and a new book provides insight on beauty, happiness, and everyday life in Benguela.
The link between foreign military training and local insurgencies has yet to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
America has historically been a strong Ethiopia ally, but this latest move to withhold foreign direct assistance has thrown its loyalty into question.
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.
The proposed cooperation promises to address transnational problems within the three countries but it might alienate the rest of East Africa.
The Africa peace and security posture is not everything it was intended to be, but it is credited with a number of success stories.
A united opposition could create enough momentum to unseat incumbent John Magufuli from power.