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Geopolitics / Africa

After Egypt's Presidential Elections, Can We Expect Changes in Energy Policies?

May 28, 2012 at 17:55 | John Daly

The Egyptian presidential election is the most important political development flowing from the “Arab spring,” with enormous implications for the entire Middle East.According to partial results on 25…

South Sudan Experiment Headed Toward Failure

May 07, 2012 at 23:21 | Daniel J. Graeber

The World Bank, in a draft document reviewed by the independent Sudan Tribune, warns that South Sudan could collapse by its two-year anniversary because authorities in Juba were unaware of…

Climate Change and the Potential for Future Instability in North Africa

Apr 23, 2012 at 17:08 | Science Progress

Northwest Africa is crisscrossed with climate, migration, and security challenges. From Nigeria to Niger, Algeria, and Morocco, this region has long been marked by labour migration, bringing workers from sub-Saharan…

Sudan: The Oil Drums of War

Apr 13, 2012 at 16:33 | Daniel J. Graeber

The U.S. special envoy for Sudan told reporters in January he was "very concerned" about the situation in Sudan. South Sudan and Sudan split last year under the terms…

As Mali Risks Regional Stability, No One Is Asking the Right Questions

Apr 10, 2012 at 13:40 | Jen Alic

A lot has happened in Mali in less than three weeks’ time. Renegade soldiers have declared a coup d’état; Touareg separatists have carved out their own state the size of…

The Vital Strategic Debate: Who - in the West - Lost Africa?

Feb 22, 2012 at 17:43 | Strategic Studies

The debate in the West over “who lost China” resonated in 1949 as the Nationalist forces of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek began their withdrawal to Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, and…

As the Syrian Crisis Deepens Will Russia Step in Before the UN?

Jan 31, 2012 at 17:30 | Juan Cole

The events of the past five days in Syria may be a game changer, both domestically and internationally. Last Thursday, opposition forces said, 100 people were killed. Massacres were alleged…

Can South Sudan Ever Escape from Violence and Chaos?

Jan 14, 2012 at 07:30 | John Daly

There’s bad news and then there’s South Sudan, the world’s newest state. Less than six months after peacefully seceding from Sudan in the wake of an internally supervised plebiscite, South…

China's Oil Diplomacy a First

Dec 14, 2011 at 17:59 | John Daly

China’s diplomatic efforts have traditionally been modes in the extreme, supporting unilateral engagement to solve thorny issues. No more. In a first, Beijing is inserting itself into resolving…

Sudan's Never-Ending Agony

Nov 15, 2011 at 17:07 | John Daly

On 9 July, the world’s newest nation emerged from the state of Sudan, when South Sudan achieved formal independence. Five months later, the new nation’s fragility is obvious to all,…

Libyan Rebels Triumph - So, Apparently, Does Islam

Sep 16, 2011 at 08:50 | John Daly

One of the most popular groups of the late 1960s, Country Joe and the Fish, had a scathing antiwar song about Vietnam, the “I feel Like I’m Fixing to Die…

China Ready to Assist Libya’s Reconstruction

Sep 13, 2011 at 14:59 | Charles Kennedy

China’s Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said that his country stands ready to assist Libya in its reconstruction following the downfall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, adding that Beijing supports…

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…

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