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Geopolitics / Africa

Ghana Oil Boom Raises Piracy Specter

Ghana Oil Boom Raises Piracy Specter

Apr 18, 2013 at 17:03 | Jen Alic

Recent significant offshore oil discoveries in Ghana will catapult the nation into Africa’s major producers club, but it will also be a boon for piracy on the high seas, which…

Egypt Lacks Oil and Sense of Humor

Egypt Lacks Oil and Sense of Humor

Apr 02, 2013 at 18:00 | Claude Salhani

Egypt’s economy is in rather bad shape; practically in a shambles. Unemployment is officially placed at 13 percent, though the reality is certainly much higher. Inflation has almost doubled since…

Sudan-South Sudan: Watch Now as the Oil Flows

Sudan-South Sudan: Watch Now as the Oil Flows

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:20 | Editorial Dept

I’ve been skeptical about investing in either of the two Sudans without an oil and border security deal in place. That said, recent developments remove a lot of the political…

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Natural Resources Shape New Govt after Rebel Seizure

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Natural Resources Shape New Govt after Rebel Seizure

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:03 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A new leadership is emerging for this resource-rich country after Seleka rebels seized the presidential palace in Bangui and forced CAR President Francois Bozize to flee, while French…

Sudan Auctions off Exploration Blocks, Hoping to Revive Energy Industry

Sudan Auctions off Exploration Blocks, Hoping to Revive Energy Industry

Mar 25, 2013 at 18:35 | Geopolitical Monitor

South Sudan may have taken most of Sudan’s known energy reserves with it when it voted for independence in 2011, but that doesn’t mean Khartoum has given up on keeping…

DRC-RWANDA: M23 Gains Strength in Rivalry Reduction

DRC-RWANDA: M23 Gains Strength in Rivalry Reduction

Mar 22, 2013 at 15:45 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) escalates, the surrender to international authorities of a key Congolese general linked to M23 rebels will reshape the…

India Mimics China in Seeking African Energy

India Mimics China in Seeking African Energy

Mar 21, 2013 at 18:16 | John Daly

Africa is undergoing the great scrabble for its resources since Europeans carved up the Dark Continent in the 19th century.The latest to enter the fray for Africa’s energy…

KENYA: E&P Uncertainty After Elections

KENYA: E&P Uncertainty After Elections

Mar 15, 2013 at 14:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Kenya’s new president-elect has scratched by with a very narrow victory that is likely to be challenged by his key opponent, but the public has indicated—through non-violence—that it…

NIGERIA: Ansaru Evolves Strategy with Apparent Hostage Executions

NIGERIA: Ansaru Evolves Strategy with Apparent Hostage Executions

Mar 15, 2013 at 13:56 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The kidnapping and apparent execution of 7 hostages (European nationals and Middle Eastern nationals) by Ansaru is a significant cause for concern for foreign companies operating in Northern…

CAMEROON: Mali-Inspired Kidnapping Wave Begins

CAMEROON: Mali-Inspired Kidnapping Wave Begins

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:40 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The kidnapping of seven French nationals in Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria, is only the start of what will be a wave of kidnappings across the region—and…

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