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Africa urged to wake up to growing state surveillance threat

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African governments are using new technology and laws to increase surveillance of opposition figures, researchers warned on Thursday, calling for restrictions on the sale...

ISS: Deadly cost of South Sudan’s delayed security reforms

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Violent clashes between armed factions in Riek Machar’s camp highlight the urgency of creating a unified defence force. South Sudan has failed to unify the...

ISS: The African Union’s peace and security dilemma

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With some member states’ commitment to shared values at an all-time low, can the AU manage and prevent conflict? Several incidents highlight the challenges facing...

National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

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A 96-page document released this month is a South African government-led roadmap for action as regards women, peace and security. It aims, according to Naledi...

Central African Republic votes amid tight security after December violence

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Almost all polling stations in Central African Republic were able to open for a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, the electoral body...

ISS: As AU chair, South Africa’s leadership fell short in key...

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Cyril Ramaphosa handled COVID-19 well, but more could have been done on governance, security and violent extremism. South Africa is set to conclude its one-year...

ISS: Mali gives China a reality check

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China’s role in Africa’s security has been evolving, from its tentative first steps in non-combatant peace operations in 1998 to combat-ready peacekeepers in 2012...

Ethiopia’s Oromo celebrate tense thanksgiving amid tight security

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Thousands of people from the Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, celebrated their thanksgiving festival in Bishoftu city amid tight security on Sunday after the...

ISS: Chad’s illegal drug trade contributes to regional insecurity

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On 24 July, a court in Chad sentenced ten people including high-ranking security and intelligence officials as part of a transnational tramadol trafficking cabal. Tramadol...

Total and Mozambique sign security pact for $20 billion natural gas...

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French oil major Total has signed a security pact with the Mozambique government to protect a $20 billion natural gas (LNG) project being developed...

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SANDF missing the communication target

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...