Africa // Analysis
21 september 2016
One of the most recent trends in African affairs has been the growing security cooperation between France and the United States, termed by IFRI as “reinforced containment”. A logical response to the many security challenges on the continent, the French-US approach may be creating as many problems as it seeks to fix.
27 may 2016
On April 25, 2016, was held by the UN Security Council an open debate on the theme “Peace consolidation in West Africa: piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.” During the debate, the China’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Liu Jieyi stated that the Gulf of Guinea has fallen victim to frequent incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea in recent years. He noted that the links between piracy, terrorist groups, armed groups, and criminal networks have posed “serious threats” to the safety of navigation as well as to regional peace and security.
15 march 2016
Today the African region is being targeted through the policy of economic statecraft from both the West and the East, i.e. by the USA and European member states as well as China, respectively. Chinese neo-colonial strategy is mainly driven by profit-maximization principle, while the US wants to promote regional stability in order to foster economic cooperation with newly established political allies.
09 december 2015
The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 gave a new impetus to the international fight against Islamic terrorism. However, the initial optimism and hopes that a single broad coalition against Islamic State would be formed have not come true. Even the French President François Hollande, who staked his reputation and his chances of being elected for a second term on the fight against terror, failed to persuade the Russian and U.S. presidents to start a joint campaign against Islamic State because of their differences over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
01 december 2015
A small East African nation of 876,000 people, of negligible resource wealth, and little to no political drama, Djibouti is rare to grab headlines. On November 26th 2015, however, when the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced that its first oversees military installation would be in Djibouti, the country was suddenly launched to the forefront of international politics.
31 july 2015
During Barack Obama’s first presidential term, Africa was not among the U.S. foreign policy priorities. In spite of his African roots, America’s first black president, contrary to expectations, focused attention not on Africa but on tackling such problems as the U.S. economy, Iraq, Afghanistan and so on. Yet, during his second term, Obama has tried to strengthen Washington’s engagement with African affairs and to put Africa back on the U.S. foreign policy agenda.
07 july 2015
BRICS has become widely known across the world. The abbreviation signifies a group of leading regional states seeking to work together to put an end to the monopoly of the West in institutions of global governance. The addition of South Africa has made the bloc even more representative of the union of non-Western powers. However, the role of Africa for BRICS – and the role of BRICS for Africa – is undervalued.
28 may 2015
After proclaiming independence in 1962, Burundi has survived four coups, seen six presidents violently removed, and experienced several bloody domestic conflicts that almost developed into full-scale genocidal wars. The current outbreak has been caused by the < decision of President Nkurunziza, a Hutu figure, to run for third term in spite of the constitutional ban. Burundi is hardly progressive as far as regime change via fair and general elections is concerned because democracy runs against the old-age African traditions that provide tribal chiefs with lifetime sacral status in the society.
22 may 2015
Africa was affected by both world wars. The African continent, which seemed so far away from the European political conflicts, was compelled to take a very active role in both wars. However, the contribution made by Africans to the victory over fascism remains largely underappreciated.
19 may 2015
Will Libya become another Somalia? According to Italian Interior Ministry, the Islamic State has already taken control of ports and maritime assets in key Libyan territories, prompting real concerns that such actions could lead to a boom in piracy and maritime crime. Imitating pirates around the Horn of Africa, the Islamic State could launch its own piracy operations in the Mediterranean.
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