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Some African and European leaders at the last AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, November 2017. Philippe Wojazer/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s relations with the EU: a reset is possible if Europe changes its attitude

The persistent power inequalities between Africa and Europe do not bode well for supposed change. This is why the latest summit is important.
Des manifestants tiennent une photo du lieutenant-colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, qui a mené le coup d'État contre le président du Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré. Photo by Olympia De Maismont/AFP via Getty Images

Après un quatrième coup d'État en Afrique de l'Ouest, il est temps de réajuster la réponse internationale

Avec le dernier coup d'État au Burkina Faso, les décideurs politiques ouest-africains, français et américains sont à la croisée des chemins.
A stash of Kalashnikovs and locally made hunting rifles surrendered by a local vigilante group in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Arms trade to Africa can be opaque: why this is dangerous

New illicit flows of arms and ammunition contribute to fueling conflict and instability in West Africa.
Mauritanian soldiers stand guard at a G5 Sahel task force command post, in November 2018 in the southeast of Mauritania near the border with Mali. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

The G5 joint force for the Sahel was set up four years ago: why progress is slow

The political will displayed by the Sahel member countries of the G5 Task Force appears to be out of step with the actual capabilities of their armies.
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.

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