Africa needs to embrace a new approach that focuses on what countries in an embattled region – as a ‘community’ of regional states – can do to intervene.
Despite the relative political stability over the years, Tanzania needs a new constitution to address contemporary challenges and strengthen institutions.
The army may help create a more stable and secure environment in the short term, but this is unlikely to result in sustainable and lasting peace.
The violence wreaked its damage because South Africa’s journey to democracy remains incomplete. It sends a sharp message that the country must look its past far more squarely in the eye.
Instead of fanning the flames, the West needs to be even-handed in bringing the warring sides to the table.
The disturbance in Ghana’s parliament during the election of a speaker has raised questions about its current democratic system.
The glaring failure by authorities to secure an area notorious for attacks on trucks prompts questions about, at best, utter ineptitude, or at worst, complicity.
An uncomfortable reality is that looting is perceived by the looters to be socially acceptable and is often encouraged and endorsed within social and community networks.
South Africa can’t possibly remain the same country in the aftermath of this mayhem. There are just too many storms ahead to simply continue unchanged.
There is more support for democracy among African people than is often recognised. Yet this can be undermined by election rigging and is lower in countries like Lesotho, Mozambique and South Africa.
At the centre of the persisting violence in the north-central region of Nigeria is bad governance.
Angola needs a mixed electoral system. This would promote accountability through the direct election of representatives from constituencies.
A new government with popular legitimacy will have power to address lingering political, economic and security challenges.
Ethiopian politicians, both opposition and incumbents, have found it difficult to undo the political culture of winning by elimination.
Ethiopian history shows that the demands of its young people can't go unaddressed for long.
Mali’s state decay must be halted before it collapses: here are five areas that need attention.
German's commitment of €1.1bn for development projects in Namibia over 30 years is too cheap a price to pay for remorse.
French policymakers understand that sharing the burdens of military operations with global partners can help boost flagging support at home.
Ghanians fear that the country's security services still bear the hallmarks of bad old practices.
The Southern African Development Community does not have a remarkable record of military interventions in civil conflicts in the region.