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Why aren’t more African Union decisions on security implemented?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      17th August 2023 Africa is contending with growing threats of violent extremism, entrenched localised conflicts that intersect with organised crime, coups and... 

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Burkina Faso's ambitious move to depoliticise government  

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      16th August 2023 Poor governance of public affairs has been cited as one of the reasons for Burkina Faso’s two coups last year, and the severe insecurity that has... 

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Fact-checked: Three misleading claims in viral video about proposed changes to South Africa's basic education laws

By: Africa Check     16th August 2023 There has been mixed public reaction to South Africa’s proposed new Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill (or Bela bill).  According to basic... 

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South Sudan is gearing up for its first election – 3 things it must get right

16th August 2023 The people of South Sudan have not exercised the right to choose their leaders since the referendum that secured independence from Sudan in 2011.... 

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Coalitions – important shifts

15th August 2023 Three months ago, in May, I wrote about coalitions, the need to strengthen the middle ground in our politics, as well as a 'grand coalition'... 

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Why Nigeria’s bandits are recruiting women for gunrunning

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      15th August 2023 Women are increasingly involved in banditry-linked arms trafficking in Nigeria’s north-west. Between December 2022 and February 2023, police... 

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Human Rights Abuses and Disinformation: Hallmarks of Wagner, other Mercenary Groups in Africa

By: South African Institute of International Affairs      15th August 2023 There has been a deafening silence from the African Union and influential states such as South Africa on the activities of Wagner on the continent.... 

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Zuma prison case casts doubt on South Africa’s medical parole law

14th August 2023 The Constitutional Court order relating to a case involving former President Jacob Zuma has illuminated some of the flaws in the law governing... 

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Zimbabwe heads to the polls amid high inflation, a slumping currency and a cost of living crisis

14th August 2023 Zimbabwe is facing a host of pressing challenges that voters dearly want the next president to address. Persistently high inflation, elevated... 

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Extra BRICS shouldn’t be used to build a wall against the West

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      14th August 2023 This year’s Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) summit will have a distinctive African flavour. Hosted by its only African member, the... 

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