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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...

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...

SANDF committed to Cabo Delgado civil-military co-operation

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The primary task of South African military personnel in Cabo Delgado is to end an Islamist insurgency. At the same time the South African...

Famine in Ethiopia: the roots lie in Eritrea’s long-running feud with Tigrayans

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The war in northern Ethiopia that began in November 2020 has left millions in Tigray on the brink of famine. Reports suggest that nearly 40%...

al Shabaab Somalia attack branded cowardly

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“Barbaric” and “cowardly” is the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) response to an al Shabaab attack on a transition mission in...

ISS: Now the East African Community tackles the eastern DRC’s rebels

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Will the East African Community’s (EAC) gambit to try to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s chronically turbulent east succeed where...

UN delegation in DR Congo to discuss MONUSCO budget needs

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United Nations (UN) planning to reduce its footprint in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was part of a recent visit to the troubled central...

Cameroon and Russia sign defence agreement

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On 21 April, an agreement concluded nine days earlier in Moscow between the Cameroonian Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo and his Russian counterpart Sergei...

US Africa Command enhances US-Zambia security cooperation

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On 25 April, the US government announced US Africa Command will open an Office of Security Cooperation at the US Embassy in Zambia. Brigadier General...

How Chad’s involvement in peace missions held back democracy back home

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Troop contributions to international interventions by authoritarian states pose a puzzle. On the one hand, participation in such interventions indicates support for a liberal-cosmopolitan...

Africa’s tolerance for coups “no longer exists”, says Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the African Union and its Member States are demonstrating that the acceptance of unconstitutional takeovers of governments on the continent...

SADC “fairly stable and peaceful” – executive secretary

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Elias Mogosi, the top official of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), told a senior European foreign affairs specialist the region is “fairly stable...

AU seeks funding aid for revamped Somalia mission

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The revamped African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia now named ATMIS (AU Transition Mission in Somalia) and in place since the start of...

UN service medals for Ghanaians in South Sudan

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Ghanaian troops deployed in South Sudan since July last year were honoured with United Nations (UN) service medals for, among others, “proving their undisputed...

President Ramaphosa extends Op Vikela until April 2023

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South African military personnel and materiel will be in northern Mozambique until mid-April next year in support of what President Cyril Ramaphosa writes is...

European Union provides more funding for Mozambican military

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The European Union has provided another €45 million in funding for Mozambique’s military, and this will include equipment, supplies and training. The European Union Council...

Somalia is still fragile: what the new African Union mission can do to help...

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The African Union Mission in Somalia – AMISOM – has ended its 15-year political and military experiment in post-conflict state building. On 1 April...

Madagascar and Russia strengthen defence ties

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On 25 March, a military cooperation agreement between Russia and Madagascar came into force, following a visit in Russia of the Malagasy Minister of...

African regional standby brigades urged to speed up operationalisation

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The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism in Africa are reasons for African countries to speed up full operational capability (FOC) efforts for...

Former SA defence minister to be part of Russia/Ukraine mediating team

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, until last August South African Minister of Defence, will be part of an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) task force that will mediate the...

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