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French President Emmanuel Macron talks to U.S. President Joe Biden at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

French outrage over US submarine deal will not sink a longstanding alliance

Despite a ‘major breach of trust,’ the recent spat between France and the US corresponds to a long cycle of conflict and rapprochement between the two countries.
Military intervention by Rwanda and SADC only buys time for Mozambique to address lack of development in its northern region. EMIDIO JOZINE/AFP via Getty Images

How big is the Islamist threat in Mozambique? And why are Rwandan troops there?

Rwanda’s military intervention in Mozambique’s war against Islamic insurgents has included a request that Mozambique rein in Rwandan opposition members on its soil
Former president Laurent Gbagbo may be a rallying figure for opposition movement in Cote d'Ivoire. Sia Kambou/AFP via Getty Images

Gbagbo returns to politics. What it means for Côte d’Ivoire

Former president Laurent Gbagbo’s interest in forming a new party reflects an opportunity to re-imagine opposition politics in Cote d’ Ivoire.
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.
World Hijab Day started in the U.S. and is one way women have asserted pride in wearing a headscarf. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why some Muslim women feel empowered wearing hijab, a headscarf

Day 5 our Understanding Islam series. For some Muslim women, wearing a hijab can be a religious act but Muslim women’s clothing isn’t entirely about faith. It has been used – and is still used – as an assertion of identity.
Police patrol outside the Embassy of Taiwan in Port-au-Prince on July 9, 2021, after 11 suspected assassins of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse broke into its embassy in an attempt to flee. Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

Assassinations and invasions – how the US and France shaped Haiti’s long history of political turmoil

Local power struggles and strong US interests have long shaped political leadership – and presidential assassinations – in Haiti, limiting nation-building projects on the Caribbean island.

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