The United Nations hold a memorial for those killed in an attack upon the UN headquarters in Abuja. Photo Source: United Nations Development Programme via Flickr Creative Commons.
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Nigeria: Moves and Countermoves

Port Harcourt Refinery in the Niger Delta. Photo source: David via Flickr Creative Commons.

In early April of this year the Nigerian Federal Government announced that Nigeria’s economy was the largest in Africa. The instantaneousness of the announcement owed to the first rebasing of Nigerian gross domestic product (GDP) since 1990, and revealed that the …

Rwanda Flickr User Eric Constantineau
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France – Rwanda: 20 years of Controversy

Photo Source: Eric Constantineau via Flickr.

It should have been a chance to remember the dead and to remind everybody that genocide is more than just a paragraph in history books. Yet in France, the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide took on a different and all too familiar shape: the …

Central African Republic: torn apart by violence (UNHCR under creative common )
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Intervention in Central African Republic is about national security for every country

Central African Republic: torn apart by violence. Photo source: UNHCR via Flickr.

The conflict in the Central African Republic is “becoming a potential breeding ground for international terrorism”, the nation’s foreign minister Toussaint Kongo-Doudou warned in a speech to the United Nations Security Council earlier this month.

The current conflict started in March 2013 …

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Central African what?

Photo Source: UNHCR / S. Phelps via Flickr.

Where is this? Over 20% of its population has been displaced. Civil strife has killed thousands. Central government has no control over its territory. The violence has destabilised the region.

Syria? No. This is the Central African Republic (CAR), which has been in the midst of a bloodbath …

A refugee camp in Doro has seen close to 50,000 refugees arriving there in recent months | Photo Source: Robert  Stansfield/Department for International Development via Flickr
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Time is running out for a peaceful solution for South Sudan

A refugee camp in Doro has seen close to 50,000 refugees arriving there in recent months. Photo Source: Robert Stansfield/Department for International Development via Flickr.

For the latter part of the 20th Century the Republic of Sudan was plagued by civil war and humanitarian crises that claimed the lives of millions. A peace agreement between …

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Eastern Congo: Is Pandora’s Box Closing?

UN official picking up abandoned mines in Eastern Congo. Photo source: United Nations Photo via Flickr.

The good news is M23 is dissolved. The bad news is M23 is dissolved. What is one to make of the recent developments which saw the Congolese army defeating the rebel factions known as the M23, who had been …

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Are Africans "Rising"?

Many African cities such as Gaborone are becoming wealthier, but does that tell the whole story? Photo Source: Eddiehosa via Wikimedia Commons.

In recent years, one of the dominant discourses on the continent of Africa has been that of its “rise”. Break-neck GDP growth rates across countries such as Ethiopia, Rwanda and Nigeria have prompted …

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The U.N. Grows Teeth: The Intervention Brigade and the DRC

The U.N. flag. Photo source: sbakshi via Flickr Creative Commons.

On March 28, 2013 of this past year the United Nations Security Council quietly adopted the most important resolution in the U.N.’s 68-year history. Resolution 2098 authorized the creation of an Intervention Brigade to assist MONUSCO, the current U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic …

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Closing the Door to Extremism in Africa

Photo source: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric A. Clement, via Wikimedia Commons.

Last week’s tragic events in Kenya served to bring a very important issue to the attention of policy makers and commentators the world over. Terrorism in Africa is getting worse. It seems that whilst ISAF forces have been fighting …