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Africa’s proposed new financial institutions risk being Potemkin villages

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      23rd February 2024 The African Union (AU) has launched a drive to establish its own panoply of financial institutions to address what it regards as the failure of... 

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Vote-based decisions could sharpen the Peace and Security Council

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      22nd February 2024 Chief among the many conflict situations discussed by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) in 2023 were the coups in Niger and... 

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Gold and governance provide hope for Kenya’s artisanal miners

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      20th February 2024 Nestled in the vast semi-arid savanna of Dabel in northern Kenya, near the border with Ethiopia, lies the makeshift shanty mining town of Illo. The... 

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South Africa is falling behind in Africa’s new ‘gold rush’

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      20th February 2024 South Africa was once Africa’s undisputed mining champion. It built its major economy on gold and diamonds, particularly in the 20th century. But... 

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Senegal: breaking the election deadlock

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      16th February 2024 Opposition members from the Yewwi Askanwi parliamentary group have successfully challenged President Macky Sall’s attempt to delay the country’s... 

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Only SA’s Parliament can authorise new armed police bodies

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      15th February 2024 Two recent South African law enforcement initiatives, one in Cape Town, and the other in Gauteng, have provoked interest and in some cases,... 

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Failure to apply East Africa’s Mifugo Protocol keeps violence simmering

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      15th February 2024 At least 20-million people live in the Karamoja Cluster where Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia meet. The area is home to about 14... 

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ICJ’s Gaza genocide case – big win, but with what effect?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      13th February 2024 On 26 January, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered provisional measures in South Africa’s case against Israel on allegations of... 

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Impact of Red Sea crisis on Africa – red flag or red herring?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      12th February 2024 Still reeling from the effects of COVID-19 and the Ukraine war, African countries face yet another geopolitical hurdle with the Red Sea crisis and... 

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Once more into the breach: SADC troops in DRC

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      9th February 2024 The long-simmering conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is starting to boil over again. On 2 February, a South African... 

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