The Panel of the Wise shows promise but more needs to be done to turn it into a proactive pillar of Africa’s peace and security system.
African states and their development partners must protect ECOWAS regional integration efforts.
The creation of the G5 Sahel added to the traffic of security groupings in the region
The failures of nominally elected governments has denied leaders - as well as the democratic system - a vanguard popular constituency.
Africa saw more coup attempts in 2021 than the preceding five years combined.
For about three decades, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta played different roles in Mali’s politics.
African countries are struggling to implement the African Union’s protocol on free movement four years after its ratification.
Rising tensions in West Africa heighten as the military junta in Mali engages Wagner, a Russian private military company while defying ECOWAS.
Successive regimes in Guinea have used mining to maintain the status quo.
The 2021 presidential election in The Gambia is expected to be peaceful and losing candidates are likely to accept the outcome.
Any recognition of the coup could incentivise future ones. Yet Alpha Condé can’t simply be restored to office, sweeping under the carpet the dubious basis on which he has retained power.
If the Economic Community of West African States is to be a champion for good governance, it should address the root causes of political instability and coups.
An effective regional approach to combating COVID-19 has seen Africa avoid the worst so far.
The porous borders of West Africa allow for the unregulated movement of thousands.
Mali’s state decay must be halted before it collapses: here are five areas that need attention.
Mali’s president and prime minister have just been arrested and dismissed by the military junta which brought them to power in the first place a few months ago. How did this happen?
EU trade partnership is more important to some African countries than regional or continental trade.
Institutional problems make it difficult to satisfy livestock and crop farmers’ interests, already in contest over agricultural resources.
ECOWAS needs to be decisive in enforcing its protocols and sanctioning members that flout the provisions of its protocols and policies.
The sub-region’s approach to free trade agreements, whether in the form of economic partnerships with the EU or regional and continental integration needs a rethink.