The African Union's policy offers no wriggle room for a discretionary response to coups, a scourge that imperils the consolidation of democracy.
In Nigeria, the government often uses the army to restore order and to keep the peace, largely because the police are unable to contain internal violent conflicts.
The role of the military in toppling authoritarian rulers, after intensive popular protests, raises questions about how the AU's policy against coups should be applied.
The US needs to review whether a security agenda based on US priorities will solve problems in sub-Saharan Africa.
A serious concern is the possibility of a long, drawn-out siege of Libya's capital, Tripoli.
The action plan offers no information about budgets, oversight, clear standards for measuring progress or accountability mechanisms.
In Ghana vigilante groups are formed to act on behalf of political parties.
Criminal trials await those found responsible for the most serious crimes in The Gambia.
The solidarity conference by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can be seen as a reaction to the gradual shift of power towards Morocco.
A military confrontation between Uganda and Rwanda remains implausible. But the stand-off between the two countries is reminiscent of the worst days between them.
The lengthy nature of some of Africa's wars is one of the main hindrances to ending the "refugee cycle".
Nelson Chamisa has the opportunity to foster peace, tolerance and democracy within Zimbabwe's main opposition party.
Fed up with the high cost of living, and an oppressive state, the people of Sudan are rising up against their president.
The law aimed at fighting gangs lacks the power to disrupt their activities.
Speculation and conspiracy theories abound about the Mozambican insurgents leaving a trail of violence in resource rich Cabo Delgado.
President López Obrador campaigned on some outside-the-box ideas to 'pacify' Mexico after 12 years of extreme violence. But so far his government has emphasized traditional law-and-order policies.
The volatile conditions in the Central African Republic make the administration of justice difficult.
Confidence in democracy in the DRC will be built through incremental steps.
Despite former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo's absence, he continued to influence opposition party loyalties in the country.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is defying a constitutional court order to release a UN-backed prosecutor his government arrested and allow his corruption investigation to continue.