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US Africa Command looks back on a busy 2019

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During 2019, the US Military’s Africa Command (AFRICO) said it continued its work with African, international, and interagency partners to counter transnational threats and...

ISS: Conflict is still Africa’s biggest challenge in 2020

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For the African Union, 2020 is supposed to be a landmark year. Its ‘silencing the guns’ initiative is aimed at ‘ending all wars, civil...

African airlines are a problem for governments

Governments from Kenya to South Africa are struggling to turn around loss-making state-owned airlines through restructuring or by bringing on board private partners. Ethiopian...

ISS: Is organised crime fuelling terror groups in Liptako-Gourma?

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Illicit activities such as weapon, drug, motorcycle and fuel trafficking, cattle rustling, artisanal gold mining and poaching are at the heart of terror groups’...

ISS: How has Mauritania managed to stave off terror attacks?

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No terrorist attacks have been recorded on Mauritanian soil since 20 December 2011. On that day, a gendarme, Ely Ould Mokhtar, was kidnapped in...

Aurecon to demerger African business

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The Aurecon Group, established in 2009 through a merger between Australian firm Connell Wagner and Africa-based Africon and Ninham Shand, has announced it will...

ISS: Taking social media at (Face)book value in Africa

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Last week Facebook revealed that it had disabled hundreds of fake accounts that had sought to meddle with the electoral processes of eight African...

ISS: Maghrebi irregular migration is down but for how long?

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As Tunisians headed to the polls on 13 October to elect their new president, 110 men and women quietly boarded a fishing boat near...

Africa takes on cyber crime

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Separated by cultures, religions, languages and 8,458 kilometers, Morocco and India appear to have little in common. And yet, in late 2018, the two...

UN study on why people illegally migrate from Africa

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More than 90% of African migrants who embark on the perilous and sometimes fatal journey to Europe in search of a better life would...

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Check before you speak, Minister!

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needs to verify her facts before she speaks, or risk further embarrassment to the South...