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…

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…

The Regional Impact of the US Embassy Move

On May 14, the United States (US) government officially moved its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem (Haaretz, May 14, 2018). This action triggered demonstrations across Palestine. The largest of these were in the Gaza Strip where weekly demonstrations against the move had been occurring since March 30 (read more…

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…

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…

Regional Overview – Africa 7 May 2018

Important developments in Africa on the week of April 29th include the major attacks on civilians in central towns in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the alarming tensions along the Mali-Niger border; the first use of weaponised drones in Libya; and the riots in South Africa and…

Regional Overview – Africa 30 April 2018

Key trends in Africa on the week of April 22nd include the growing Ambazonian insurgency in Cameroon, the continued use of pro-government militias to counter rebellion in Sudan’s Darfur, and the repression against citizens’ resistance against bad governance practices across a number of contexts in Eastern and Southern Africa. The Ambazonian separatists’ low-intensity insurgency in…

Regional Overview – Africa 23 April 2018

Key developments in Africa from April 16th-23rd relate to the insurgencies in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the inter-ethnic violence in southern Ethiopia, the unabated repression in Burundi and the growing popular discontent in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Togo. In Burundi, the Imbonerakure youth militia are leading a nationwide cycle…