The gap between the continent’s most democratic and authoritarian regions is likely to continue to grow.
A soldier from Niger patrols near the border with Nigeria. Porous borders with Nigeria and Mali are hotbeds for Jihadists and marauding local militias.
Leaders’ efforts to end conflict have been ineffective. Working through regional economic communities might be part of a better approach.
Ethiopia’s economic growth hovered between 8%-11% for over 10 years but its sovereign credit rating has not been upgraded
The alarm being raised by multilateral financial institutions about rising government debt across Africa is exaggerated. The real problem is that African governments pay way over the odds for debt.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the opening of the new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu in June 2016.
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Turkey harbours strong national ambitions, and a willingness to grow and use its military muscle alongside economic instruments.
US service members practising water rescue techniques during a routine training exercise off the coast of Djibouti in 2007.
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Kenya and Djibouti are building a more secure and sustainable domestic maritime sector.
A UN Security Council session in New York. Kenya wants a seat at the table.
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The country has not had a seat at the Security Council table for 24 years.
Africa has tried for decades to develop robust intra-regional trade. Free trade agreement is the most recent effort
Now that African countries have signed up for the continental free trade agreement, they must complete the institutional loop by jumpstarting the creation of the African Monetary Fund.
Smoking is a threat to public health.
Ghana is the latest country in Africa to mandate the use of pictures on cigarette packages to convey health warnings.
AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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The African Peer Review Mechanism got off to a good start, but enthusiasm soon waned.
While women in sub-Saharan Africa live longer than men, many of these extra years are lived in poor health.
Data suggest that people are living many years in poor health in Africa.
Candles in memory of those killed in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall attack in September 2013.
Containing Al-Shabaab in Kenya doesn’t directly reduce the group’s standing inside Somalia.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki re-opening the Eritrean embassy in Addis Ababa.
It would be a mistake to ridicule what’s been achieved in the Horn of Africa, but obstacles remain.
Mombasa passenger station using Chinese-built and funded trains.
The Belt and Road Initiative will not be starting entirely from scratch. China has already invested heavily in several African railways.
Mogadishu’s Waaberi Theatre Troupe back in the 1970s when Somalia was a cultural hub.
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A crate digger essentially builds a personal library of sonic texts that often can’t be found on the internet or in official archives.
French soldiers patrol in Diabaly, Mali, in 2013, following the failure of the African Support Mission.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
Lindiwe Sisulu, South Africa’s minister of international relations, is reviewing the country’s foreign policy.
South Africa must position itself to play a decisive role in shaping a new world order as the theUS retreats from global leadership.
Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza is one of many authoritarian African leaders.
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More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The US Secretary of State’s mission to Africa will produce few benefits for the continent or for US-Africa relations.
Women collecting water in Mali echo a common scene across Africa.
Developing a map of African countries’ water poverty levels offers a transparent analysis for policymakers, governments and organisations that deal with water issues.
China’s presence in Africa continues to grow with its first military base in Djibouti. It wants to be a friend to Africa positioning itself as a global power while looking after its own interests.