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Can Africa Build Greener Infrastructure while speeding up its Development? Lessons from China

In 2013 China launched a global connectivity project known as the Belt and Road Initiative. Under its flagship agenda, China seeks to mitigate slowing growth at home while supporting growth abroad, especially in other developing countries. Global en…

Southern African Anchor State: A Renewed Strategic Commitment to South African Conflict Management as a Central function of Smart Power

This paper considers the potential future role of South Africa as an anchor state in Africa, whose legitimacy and credibility – in spite of domestic constraints – is underwritten by a strategic commitment to maintaining regional peace and security. …

China's Relations with Africa and the Arab World: Shared Trends, Different Priorities

China–Africa relations do not relate to the African continent only, but also inform Chinese foreign policy conduct in other parts of the developing world. The Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is a plurilateral platform guiding China–Africa …

West Africa Insight Vol 6 no.2: Youth, Protest and Technology: Disrupting the Status Quo

This journal comprises several articles on various subjects. In the first article on page 3: Taking on Gnassingbé, Africa's Last Strongmen, Wolali Ahlijah takes us inside the protest that begun in August 2017 to understand how they are continuing t…

Bolsonaro and the BRICS: Bull in a China Shop?

Jair Bolsonaro – Brazil’s new president – has drawn the ire of many on the basis of his often-controversial utterances. Under his new conservative administration, there will be a clear priority shift in Brazil’s domestic and foreign policies. These …

Power and Influence: Identifying Champions of Change in SADC

This policy brief explores the notion of power in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It examines which countries have excelled in areas prioritised in SADC's common agenda, which is shaped by the revised Regional Indicative Strateg…

Regional Seminar for the Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Africa and the Lake Chad Basin

Violent extremism has numerous causes and takes several forms. If this global and multidimensional nature helps to avoid confusions related to assimilating extremism to violence, extremist violence to terrorism and terrorism to a religion (Islam or …

Spelling the End of Washington's Leniency with Beijing: The United States' Return to Africa

The African arena is but an episode in the China-USA soap opera. Nevertheless, given the continent's significance in terms of opportunities for major powers, it is also a space where their rivalry comes to the fore. This is the lens through which th…

Fin de la récréation de Washington face à Pékin: Le retour des Etats-Unis en Afrique / Spelling the end of Washington's leniency with Beijing: The United States' Return to Africa

The African arena is but an episode in the China-USA soap opera. Nevertheless, given the continent's significance in terms of opportunities for major powers, it is also a space where their rivalry comes to the fore. This is the lens through which th…

Horn of Africa Bulletin, Volume 31, Issue 1, March-April 2019

This issue of the HAB had the objective of understanding the impact of China’s expanding influence in the Horn of Africa by foregrounding perspectives not just from the Horn but also perspectives that are alternative. The articles in this issue of t…

Running Out of Options in Burundi

After almost three years, the Inter-Burundi Dialogue has ended in failure. The talks, led by the East African Community (EAC), came in response to a political crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s April 2015 decision to stand for a third t…

20 Years of Rule: 20 Years of Consolidatio20 Ans de Règne: 20 Ans de Consolidation d’une Politique étrangère Indépendante et Diversifiée n of an Independent and Diversified Foreign Policy /

By integrating the AU, Morocco has brought its experience and expertise to many thematic or transversal topics. In addition to the issue of Migration and the African Observatory on Migration, the Kingdom has contributed to the negotiations and the e…

Sudan After Bashir: Regional Opportunities and Challenges

Omar al-Bashir’s removal from power will have long-term effects on Sudan’s political future. Even though domestic considerations forced Bashir’s downfall, his extensive involvement in regional issues means his departure will resonate beyond the co…

The Purpose of Multilateralism: A Framework for Democracies in a Geopolitically Competitive World

Across the globe, multilateralism appears in crisis. Skepticism of the benefits of a multilateral order grounded in underlying liberal principles is manifesting throughout the Western world. The United States, the system’s imperfect cornerstone, sco…

Africa-Japan Relations in the Context of Global Peace and Security: The Need for a Well-Tailored Policy

The seventh Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD VII) will be held in Yokohama, Japan from August 28 to 30, 2019. Two of the three specific agendas of the conference will directly and indirectly focus on issues of peace and …

At the Table or on the Menu? Africa’s Agency and the Global Order

Africa has often been on the periphery of global processes and events. Where is its ‘agency’ in a changing global order? Does Africa have a clear unified ‘voice’ in a complex, polycentric and unstable world? And what can Africa do to strengthen it…

Le Japon et le Maghreb / Japan and the Maghreb

Japan's relations with the Maghreb are fuelled by very diversified, uneven, vested interests in countries and societies that are of interest only to Japan, but whose importance is reinforced by their linkages with the African and Middle Eastern netw…

The Risk of Jihadist Contagion in West Africa

In 2020, for the first time in its post-independence history, West Africa could face a major crisis coupling political disturbances in the south with insecurity in the north. The combination of these two flashpoints could be catastrophic for the reg…

Le Cyberespace Africain: un Champ aux Contradictions Manifestes / Africa's Cyberspace: A Field of Clear Contradictions

The evolution of cyberspace has resulted in its integration into the field of international relations through the transformations introduced into the concepts of Power, Deterrence and Sovereignty. In this multi-faceted environment, Africa, whose dig…

Japan and China's Summit Competition in Africa

Japan and China play a dual role in Africa. Firstly, they both have direct relationships with Africa, as two of the continent’s most important development partners. Two massive, recurring summits provide the main platform for the staging of these re…

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