Tag: Peace and Security

Taking stock of Uganda’s economy 55 years after independence

Sarah Logan | International Growth Centre   October 9 marks 55 years since Uganda’s independence in 1962. The country’s economy has seen many changes during this time, affected by periods of political instability, civil war,...

What the Djibouti military base tells us about China’s growing role in Africa

Theo Neethling | University of the Free State China hasn’t been known for establishing military bases in Africa – or even beyond its immediate sphere of influence. This is changing following its decision to...

Op-Ed: Democracy is looking sickly across southern Africa

Politics are in shambles across the world. Populism and political gambles are making headlines from London to Washington. Southern Africa is no exception. If it’s any comfort, this suggests that there’s nothing...

Op-Ed: It’s 30 years since Cuito Cuanavale. How the battle redefined southern Africa

Thirty years ago in southern Angola, four military forces were mobilising for the largest conventional battle in Africa since the Second World War. It was a battle that would have huge consequences...

Op-Ed: Growth is dying as the silver bullet for success. Why this may be good thing

The idea that the economic “pie” can grow indefinitely is alluring. It means everybody can have a share without limiting anybody’s greed. Rampant inequality thus becomes socially acceptable because we hope the...

Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn’t mean it works all the time

The questions that I get asked most often by students, policy makers and political leaders are: “can democracy work in Africa?” and “is Africa becoming more democratic?”. As we celebrate Africa Day and...

Op-Ed: America’s snub of the African Union should spur regional powers into action

In April 2017 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stood up one of Africa’s most powerful people, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki. Tillerson invited Faki to Washington for a meeting, then...

Stability in the DRC: a look beyond political agreements

Once again, the cycle of instability and political uncertainty has the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on high alert and agreements between prominent political actors have done little to stem the tide...
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