Ethiopian history shows that the demands of its young people can't go unaddressed for long.
Besides the misalignment of its resources, design, equipment and its additional roles, the military has also been hobbled by misappropriation of funds.
A united opposition could create enough momentum to unseat incumbent John Magufuli from power.
President Alassane Ouattara (78) has been blowing hot and cold on whether he'll be seeking a third term.
Moeketsi Majoro’s installation as Prime Minister is welcome. But it does not guarantee much needed political stability in an era of complex coalition politics.
Power is visibly draining away from Tom Thabane. But, even at 80 years old, he remains a wily operator, and seems determined to cause maximum trouble to secure his immunity from prosecution.
The doctrine of equality is ingrained both in theory and in the express provisions of Lesotho’s constitution.
Does South Africa have skeletons in the closet over the death of the UN Secretary-General?
Turkey harbours strong national ambitions, and a willingness to grow and use its military muscle alongside economic instruments.
Since the demand for resources far outmatches the patronage available, Lesotho’s political arena has become brutally competitive.
Underlying direct or personal violence is structural violence that is entrenched in unequal power relations in society.
The Khamas have dominated Botswana’s politics since the 1870s, but they are now a discredited, spent force.
The splintering in Renamo has its origins in the unexpected death last May of Afonso Dhlakama, its leader of 39 years.
Cameroon’s English speaking people suffer gross marginalisation and are treated as second-class citizens by the Francophone government.
Using the military continuously in internal roles for which it is not structured, funded or trained simply speeds up its decline.
Calls for secession in Ethiopia could destabilise the entire nation.
Ghana is taking advantage of its strategic location in Africa
There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about Bissau-Guinean politics going forward.
Cooperation with the Sudanese government to try al-Bashir could amount to legitimising those who themselves have been implicated in genocide
In Nigeria, the government often uses the army to restore order and to keep the peace, largely because the police are unable to contain internal violent conflicts.