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Geopolitics / Africa

Africa Takes Tentative Steps Towards Establishing a Free Trade Zone

Jul 12, 2011 at 08:09 | John Daly

Poor Africa – exploited in the 18th and 19th century by European colonialists intent on the Dark Continent’s riches of gold and salves, exploited in the late 20th century by…

Nigerian Presidential Race Potentially Impacts Global Energy Market

Dec 08, 2010 at 12:07 | Gregory R. Copley

The conclave of Northern Nigerian elders, known as the Mallam Adamu Ciroma Committee of the Northern Political Leaders' Forum (NPLF), delivered, on November 22, 2010, its decision on the selection…

Massive Corruption Begins in Nigerian Presidential Race

Nov 02, 2010 at 13:11 | Global Intelligence Report

The corruption of the Nigerian political process is  now in full swing: major payments are now being made to each of the delegates of the political parties — particularly the…

Nigeria Attacks May Show Dangerous Rift in MEND

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:41 | Global Intelligence Report

Two suspects have been named in car bombings that killed more than a dozen people in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on 1 October on the occasion of the country’s…

Energy and Security Issues in the Red Sea Transforming as the Age of Gas Begins in Earnest

Aug 26, 2010 at 08:56 | Gregory R. Copley

Major new energy issues are about to transform still further the strategic balance of the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, with foreseeable consequences for the global energy market…

Government Mismanagement Under DRC President Kabila Frustrates Foreign Investors

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:40 | Fawzia Sheikh

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been slow to cash in on the continent’s oil rush and may end up forfeiting a lucrative opportunity, a situation some Africa experts blame…

Somaliland Predictions Bearing Out: al-Shabaab Terrorist Group Empowered; Ethiopia May React

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:39 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The Republic of Somaliland’s incoming President, Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, on July 28, 2010, announced his new Cabinet, but the formation of the Government has done little to stem the internecine…

International Community Presses Juba, Khartoum On Sudan Referendum

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:44 | Fawzia Sheikh

The international community is pressuring the Juba and Khartoum governments to speed up preparation for a vote on South Sudan’s future – a decision that will be dominated by the…

Horn, Red Sea Braces for Instability as Somaliland Moves Toward Islamist Reunification With Somalia

Jul 14, 2010 at 02:49 | Gregory R. Copley

The Election Commission of the Republic of Somaliland on July 1, 2010 — as noted, the highly-iconic 50th anniversary date of the original union of the Republic of Somaliland with…

Somaliland Presidential Election Besieged by Well-Financed Islamists, Threatening Horn/Red Sea Stability

Jul 01, 2010 at 12:25 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

It is now apparent that moves forecast by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs  by pan-Somalians and Islamists to undermine, overthrow, and discredit the Republic of Somaliland’s June 26, 2010, Presidential…

Violence and Fraud Being Injected into the Somaliland Presidential Election Process

May 20, 2010 at 10:50 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The delicate security situation in and around the Horn of Africa by mid-May 2010 began to get dramatically worse, with the potential for major problems for the international sea trade…

Nigerian Uncertainties Created by Presidential Election Ambition May Hurt Global Energy Markets

May 13, 2010 at 08:29 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The apparent decision on May 11, 2010 — discreetly revealed by two Nigerian newspapers the next day — that Nigerian Pres. Dr Goodluck Jonathan would be interested in contesting the…

Piracy In The Puntland Region of Somalia

May 12, 2010 at 11:55 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The Puntland region of Somalia has, in recent years, been increasingly seen as the springboard for piracy against commercial vessels operating in and through the Gulf of Aden at the…

Somali Pirates Continue to Plague the Horn of Africa

May 07, 2010 at 14:02 | John Daly

The Horn of Africa has become a hotbed of piracy due to outdated maritime laws, the lack of a Somali government and gut-wrenching poverty. Where there is a sea, there…

Nigeria "Back in Business" as Jonathan's US Visit Highlights Renewed Control of the Government

May 04, 2010 at 09:17 | Editorial Dept

The visit to Washington, DC, in April 2010 by Acting Nigerian Pres. Goodluck Jonathan, ostensibly as part of US President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) gave Nigeria the opportunity…

Somaliland's Presidential Election Assumes Growing Priority as Major Powers Sense Strategic Urgency of the Horn Situation

Apr 21, 2010 at 19:00 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Somaliland’s delayed Presidential election is back on track after a period of active foreign interference to manipulate the electoral rolls, and is expected to take place before the end of…

Acting Nigerian President Moves Quickly Decisively to Get Country Back on Track

Mar 23, 2010 at 14:49 | Gregory R. Copley

Acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has moved decisively and rapidly to unify the Government under him, dismissing — on March 17, 2010 — the entire Cabinet which had been appointed…

Is the Niger Delta Sliding Back Into Anarchy

Mar 20, 2010 at 15:58 | Editorial Dept

There had been disturbing news and reports emanating from the Niger Delta oil basin of Nigeria in recent times. On Monday March 15, 2010, a car bomb explosion was reported…

Damage Done By Nigeria's Contentious Oil Bill May Be Tough To Undo

Mar 12, 2010 at 01:52 | Fawzia Sheikh

Nigeria's controversial oil industry bill is expected to eventually pass but the government may find it tough to later shift gears as international oil firms targeted under the legislation scale…

Reports of $20 billion Total investment brighten Nigerian oil outlook

Feb 24, 2010 at 16:45 | Darrell Delamaide

Reports that French oil giant Total is ready to invest $20 billion in Nigerian oil and gas development spread through energy markets in an unlikely bit of positive news for…

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