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The African Union’s conflict early warning system is no more. What now?

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Since 2017, the African Union (AU) has undergone institutional reforms to increase its efficiency and effectiveness. The gist of these reforms was proposed by...

UN Security Council slams M23 attack in DR Congo

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An M23 attack on MONUSCO and FARDC forces in DR Congo’s North Kivu province has been “strongly condemned” by the United Nations (UN) Security...

Three South African peacekeepers to be posthumously honoured in New York

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United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York will observe the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Thursday, three days ahead of the actual commemoration...

Africom chief visits East Africa and Angola to advance mutual security interests

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US Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, has wrapped up a multi-country trip to the East Africa region and Angola. During his travels...

SA-Tanzanian Tactical Intelligence Unit gearing up for next rotation

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The joint South Africa-Tanzania Tactical Intelligence Unit is gearing up for its next rotation to the Democratic Republic of Congo later this year, and...

Togo looks like West Africa’s new frontier of violent extremism

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The threat of violent extremism across West Africa has been on the rise in recent times. Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa...

What M23’s on-and-off insurgency tells us about DRC’s precarious search for peace

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Since March 2022, fighting has escalated in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between the army and the rebel group March 23 Movement,...

ISS: US debates bill to counter ‘malign’ Russian activities in Africa

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A United States (US) bill that would oblige Washington to punish African governments that abet Russian ‘malign’ activities on the continent is sailing through...

1 Para DR Congo-bound to boost FIB

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An additional contribution by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to the United Nations (UN) Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of...

Regional bloc forms military force to tackle DRC instability

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially joined the East African Community (EAC) as the regional bloc’s seventh partner state on March 29. Less...

ISS: Ugandan soldiers in Cabo Delgado could add fuel to the fire

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni recently announced his intention to provide military and economic support to Mozambique to help fight violent extremism in the northern...

Sierra Leone’s security sector reform emphasizes inclusivity

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As a brutal civil war raged in neighboring Liberia in 1991, Sierra Leone’s long-standing government corruption and weakness inched the nation closer and closer...

SADC top man meets Mnangagwa

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The numbers read seven down, nine to go for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) executive secretary’s undertaking to meet the leaders of all...

Militia attack on DRC IDP camp thwarted

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Speedy response by United Nations (UN) peacekeepers and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) soldiers put paid to a militia attack on a camp housing...

Mozambique’s Nyusi thanks Rwandan soldiers for anti-terrorist effort

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The efforts of Rwandan soldiers to bring ASWJ (Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah) Islamists to heel in northern Mozambique has been officially noted by President...

US, Kenyan officials assess military relationship

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US and Kenyan defense officials met at the Pentagon on 4 May to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the countries and look for new...

SAMIM Force Commander calls on troops

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The South African two-star general commanding the SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) force told his troops “challenges will be resolved” to ensure soldiers are...

Peacekeeping in South Sudan: it’s a race against time for the UN

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A notable consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the near-complete breakdown of what was already a deeply fraught relationship among the permanent...

Opinion: The SA defence industry and the public private partnership model

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Recent news about the SA Air Force’s C-130BZ Hercules fleet upgrade shows that the custodians of South Africa’s defence capability do not yet understand...

ISS: Africa’s solutions to conflict are in crisis

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Africa faces widespread instability. In the past year, there have been coups in Mali, Chad, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Guinea, and attempts to overthrow...

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