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It’s likely that the terrorist group will be defeated one day. But there are no signs that the political elite is capable of changing.
African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo during his exile in Botswana.
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A historian counters the popular view that the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall set in motion talks to end apartheid. The process was unstoppable by then.
Motorcycle taxis queue for fuel in Nairobi in April amid shortages.
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With Uhuru Kenyatta leaving office to make way for a new leader, it was always going to be an eventful year for Kenya.
At the 2022 US/Africa summit US President Joe Biden will be building on the 2014 gathering convened by Barack Obama.
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Judging by the first summit in 2014, this one can also be expected to produce some concrete outcomes.
Ethiopians celebrate Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Peace Prize win in 2019.
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Governments coming to power riding a wave of youth protests can employ authoritarian tactics to silence dissent from the same movements.
Protests outside the constitutional court at its decision to grant parole to Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus.
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The court should have given the public a much clearer understanding of how it came to its decision, and what consideration it had given to public opinion.
Demonstrators from the Chagos Islands protest for Britain to end its “illegal occupation”.
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As they negotiate with Mauritius, British leaders are mostly interested in securing guarantees that America’s military interests will not be harmed by a transfer of authority to Port Louis.
Parents of students abducted from Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, pray inside the school premises.
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To stem the tide of violent extremism across the Sahel region, especially northwest Nigeria, the vulnerabilities and grudges of border communities need to be properly addressed.
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya
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After 40 years in office, Cameroon’s 89 year old Paul Biya is the second longest serving leader in Africa. He is already eyeing another contest in 2025.
South African foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, right, hosts US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, for the SA-US Strategic Dialogue in Pretoria, in August 2022.
Tensions between the US and South Africa – this time over the terror alert – are nothing new. Their relations have always had highs and lows since South Africa became a democracy in 1994.
A Somali soldier looks out from a military base where a US special operations soldier was killed by a mortar attack south of Mogadishu in 2018.
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Al-Shabaab remains a strong regional actor and has proved itself to be a resilient force. It’s time to weigh a non-war strategic option
Internally displaced people from the Dinka ethnic group at the Minkamman camp in South Sudan in 2014.
In 2018, Africa accounted for 70% of the world’s people displaced by armed conflict and human rights abuses.
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Nigeria.
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Ahead of 2023 general elections, there are increasing concerns that the current spate of violence in Nigeria, if unchecked, could undermine electoral outcomes.
Demonstrators protest in Tunisia’s capital Tunis in 2021 against President Kais Saied’s steps to tighten his grip on power.
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Tunisia’s democratic backslide demonstrates how autocrats can use constitutional cover to entrench authoritarianism.
People cheer at the army after the latest coup in Burkina Faso.
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To understand the latest coup in Burkina Faso, one must appreciate the internal power struggles in the country, their links with violent extremism as well as the role of external state actors.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the 2022 state of nation address to a joint sitting of Parliament. Coalitions could soon be a feature of national government.
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Stable coalitions will depend on strong democratic values being embedded among political elites.
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Parties to the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region have agreed to end hostilities after two years. Here is a selection of previously published articles on its devastating consequences.
Kenyans protest against extrajudicial killings in Nairobi’s Mathare area on 13 April 2022.
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To move towards justice and peace, Kenya must disband all police units implicated in unlawful violence and punish criminal officers.
Mpho Phalatse was toppled as mayor of Johannesburg following a no-confidence vote in September. A high court reinstated her.
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In South Africa coalitions are weaponised as extensions of elections.
Members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions sing political songs in 1987 in Johannesburg.
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Struggle songs are relevant even in the post apartheid context because they continue to be an important way in which people deliberate on issues.