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G7 leaders convene at Schloss Elmau, Germany. EFE-EPA/Thomas Lohnes

How Africans can assess the value of the latest G7 summit

The G7 summit offered the most recent insights for Africa into how western nations are considering their stakes in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the impact that could have on developing nations.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Senegalese Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall in Dakar, Senegal. Photo by Andrew Harnik /pool/AFP/via Getty Images

Africa can use great power rivalry to its benefit: Here is how

African countries should adopt measures that strategically play rivals against each other. They should implement long-term strategies and domestic policies for dealing with strategic partners.
A cheering crowd surrounds the toppled statue of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in Addis Ababa following the overthrow of the Ethiopian military regime in 1991. Jerome Delay/AFP via Getty Images

Ethiopia’s civil war: Five reasons why history won’t repeat itself

Prevailing political attitudes, security actors, alliances and geopolitics differ starkly from the final days of the hated Ethiopian military regime.
Elizabeth Dlamini at her curio stall in the Ezulwini Valley near Mbabane, eSwatini. The kingdom’s economy is dependent on its larger neightbour, South Africa. EFE-EPA/John Hrusha

South Africa’s apartheid regime manipulated borders. Today, the effects linger

International borders were negotiable for the right price. What residents of former ‘homelands’ and of Lesotho and eSwatini have in common now are limited government services and few job prospects.
Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita (R) welcomes his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapidis to Rabat, in August 2021. The normalisation of relations between the two precipitated the breakup of Moroccan-Algerian diplomatic ties. EPA-EFE/Alal Morchidi

Why Algeria cut diplomatic ties with Morocco: and implications for the future

In the last decade, Morocco exploited the lethargy of Algeria’s diplomacy and the paralysis of the political system to advance its interests, often to the detriment of Algeria
Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters after addressing a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s wish list of what might change under a Biden presidency

A Biden presidency would be highly likely to adopt policies that would restore the cooperative links that prevailed under Obama.
Turkish Airlines the first major international carrier to run a regular service to the Somali capital in more than two decades. Reuters/Ismail Taxta

Turkey’s foray into Somalia is a huge success, but there are risks

Turkey’s actions have arguably improved the situation in Somalia over the past six years but its increasing role could bring it on a collision course with other states.
Addis Ababa’s light-rail network built by China Railway Engineering Corporation has become a key transport link for city residents. EPA/Solan Kolli

Ethiopia’s political ripple a big test for infrastructure-led Chinese approach

In Ethiopia, the US pushes the diffusion of individual freedoms and China jockeys for collective economic betterment. Both the US and China could lose out if chaos spreads in the Horn of Africa.

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