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A convoy of Malian armed forces escorts the vehicle of the country’s coup leader as he returns from a recent ECOWAS summit where Mali was suspended. Photo by Michele Cattani/AFP via Getty Images

Mali: top 5 implications of the latest palace coup

Mali’s state decay must be halted before it collapses: here are five areas that need attention.
French President Emmanuel Macron with French troops during his 2017 visit to France’s Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Gao, northern Mali. EFE-EPA/Christopher Petit Tesson/Pool

UN and African Union key to public support for French military operations in Africa

French policymakers understand that sharing the burdens of military operations with global partners can help boost flagging support at home.
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African countries must muscle up their support and fill massive R&D gap

Scientific knowledge is a critical driver for human health and wellbeing, economic development and environmental sustainability.
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.

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