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The African Union finally wakes up to Trump

The AU’s anger at Trump’s derogatory remarks is unusual for an organisation that rarely speaks out

The reaction of the African Union (AU) to United States (US) President Donald Trump’s latest utterances during a discussion in the White House about migration and refugees came as a surprise to many AU watchers. Ebba Kalondo, AU Commission spokesperson, told news agencies on 12 January that she was ‘frankly…

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Time for Africa to take concrete action in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The African Union must resume its leadership role; taking a back seat to the Southern African Development Community is a recipe for inaction

The fight between the Congolese government and the political opposition over who is right and wrong continues to drive the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral crisis, now entering its third year. This has been an important aspect of the battle to win the support of international, regional and…

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On the Agenda: 30th AU Summit - time to implement first AU reforms

The 30th AU summit to take place in Addis Ababa in January will be an opportunity to start implementing AU reforms

The 30th summit of the African Union (AU) will take place on 29–30 January 2018 in Addis Ababa. One year after the election of a new commission chaired by former Chadian foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, the stakes at this summit are high. Two critical issues will impact on the…

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African Union Mission in Somalia's (AMISOM) future in Somalia

This View on Africa briefing is presented by Omar S Mahmood, Researcher, ISS Addis Ababa

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) began withdrawing some of its troops, as part of a reformulated exit strategy, in December 2017. The mission has faced uncertainty regarding both its future and funding ever since the European Union capped troop allowance stipends two years ago. This decision widened a…

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Can new leadership change South Africa’s fate?

This View on Africa is presented by Jakkie Cilliers, Head of African Futures & Innovation, ISS Pretoria

The events that will unfold at the African National Congress’s national elective conference in mid-December will determine South Africa’s economic and development future for at least the next decade. Each post-apartheid president, from FW de Klerk to Jacob Zuma, has set the country off in a new direction and the…

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Libya’s slave trade shocks AU-EU leaders into action

Images of a slave auction led to urgent meetings and an emergency plan during the recent Africa-Europe summit

The warning bells had been sounding for months. In April this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned that its staff in Niger and Libya had ‘documented shocking events on North African migrant routes, which they have described as “slave markets”’. But it was only when CNN broadcast a video in mid-November of…

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Zimbabwe’s succession drama intensifies

The coming weeks will confirm or dispel the many legends around Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe’s succession race

Date: 15 November 2017 Time: 11:00 to 12:00 CAT (09:00 to 10:00 GMT) Venue: Online via VoiceBoxer After Zimbabwe’s vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s powers were severely diminished following a recent cabinet reshuffle, it appeared that he was being slowly edged out. But two days later, he was abruptly fired by President…

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PSC Interview: Little chance of a free and fair poll in Zimbabwe

The PSC Report spoke to Derek Matyszak, Senior Research Consultant for the Institute for Security Studies in Zimbabwe, about the run-up to the polls

Zimbabwe is heading for crucial elections in 2018 amid a growing economic crisis and fierce infighting in the ruling Zanu-PF. President Robert Mugabe (93) is eligible for re-election, but there are moves behind the scenes to determine his eventual successor. The PSC Report spoke to Derek Matyszak, Senior Research Consultant…

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South Africa navigates its new role as Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) head

Heading this increasingly prominent international organisation could not only benefit South Africa, but enable other Indian Ocean states to develop their maritime domains

South Africa will be the chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for 2017-2019. Heading this increasingly prominent international organisation could not only benefit South Africa, but enable other Indian Ocean states to develop their maritime domains. This seminar will discuss South Africa’s priorities and goals as IORA chair,…

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Police not coping with serious violent crime

South African Police Service (SAPS) leadership needs to operate without political interference

A steady rise in murder and armed robbery shows police are not getting a grip on serious violent crime in South Africa, despite a budget increased by almost 50% since 2011/12 to R87 billion. This is largely due to inappropriate political interference in the police, the Institute for Security Studies…