Regional Overview – Africa 25 June 2018

There were several critical developments in Africa in the week of June 17th. Key among them were the two small bomb attacks on the leaders of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe on June 23rd at political rallies in Addis Ababa and Bulawayo, respectively. The explosions left two people killed in both Ethiopia and in Zimbabwe. Several key…

Burkina Faso – Something is Stirring in the East

Since late 2016, Burkina Faso has been confronted with a growing insurgency and has suffered several high-profile attacks in the capital of Ouagadougou (ACLED, 3 March 2018). However, in recent months a new front has emerged in Burkina Faso’s far east. The Est region of Burkina Faso, and the areas of the country that border…

Regional Overview – Africa 11 June 2018

Key developments in Africa on the week of June 3rd include the fragile situation in Ethiopia, where political and economic reforms are endangered by ethnic violence; the heavy campaign led by Al Shabaab during the Ramadan month in Somalia; the continued violence in CAR’s Bambari area and in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region; and other relevant…

From the Mali-Niger borderlands to rural Gao – Tactical and geographical shifts of violence

In late April and early May, six massacres took place in the Mali-Niger border corridor. Presumed militants of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) carried out massacres against the Dawsahak community. Militiamen of the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA) and the Tuareg Imghad and Allies Self-defence Group (GATIA) carried out massacres…

Regional Overview – Africa 5 June 2018

Key trends in Africa on the week of May 27th include the resurgence of violence by lesser active groups in the DRC’s Nord-Kivu; persisting instability in North Africa; visible tensions in low-activity countries; and important political reshufflings and moves in Guinea, Madagascar and Mali. In Nord-Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), there was…

Regional Overview – Africa 28 May 2018

There were important developments in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, the DRC and Somalia on the week of May 20th. In Burkina Faso, the state forces likely thwarted another major attack by Islamist militants in the capital, Ouagadougou. On May 22nd, the military police raided a house harbouring Al-Mourabitoun militants at the southeastern outskirts of the capital.…

Regional Overview – Africa 21 May 2018

Key developments on the African continent during the week of May 13th included prolonged incidents of political violence in Libya, Cameroon and CAR; cross-border operations from the DRC; and a number of protests and riots by students and among political party supporters. In Libya, battles intensified in Darnah district between the Libyan armed forces and…

The Many Sides of International Peacekeeping in Africa

Of the fourteen United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions currently active around the world, half are based on the African continent. Of these, five—those in Somalia[1], Mali, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo– have ongoing or recently renewed mandates, and a force of over 10,000 personnel, including soldiers and police.…

Regional Overview – Africa 14 May 2018

Political violence and protest events in Africa over the week of May 6th showed several key developments and points of concern. First, attacks hit Burundi and Nigeria, confirming recent warnings of an escalation of the violence in these countries. In Burundi, violence has marred the period leading up to the disputed Constitutional referendum, due to…