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A first step in the fight against conflict minerals

On 3 April 2017, the European Council formally adopted a regulation on the responsible supply of minerals which had previously been approved by the European Parliament on 16 March 2017.  The objective of this legislation is to put an end to the financing of armed groups through the trading of so-called conflict minerals. The origin…

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World military spending increases for a second consecutive year.

According to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) world military expenditure rose for a second consecutive year to a total of $1686 billion in 2016—the first consecutive annual increase since 2011 when spending reached its peak of $1699 billion. Trends and patterns in military expenditure vary considerably between regions. Spending continued…

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Turkey in Africa. What’s it all been about?

Turkey is rather enigmatic at the best of times and even harder to fathom under its current leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan’s shifting alliances with great powers in the Syrian conflict, for example, have been especially baffling to many pundits. The motives of his Africa policy are also not so clear. It’s true that…

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Turkey. Erdogan and his alliances in the Persian Gulf.

Turkey is aiming at the Persian Gulf in order to extend its sphere of influence and economic and commercial cooperation. Important military pacts signed. The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently visited three countries in the region: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In Bahrain, the Turkish head of State met King Hamad bin Isa Al…

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Turkey, which future?

Turkey, located between Europe and Asia, faces several conflicts due to recent political tension. Its geographical location provides significant opportunities as well as vital threats. The current Turkish government is trying to eliminate dangers and puts forth great efforts to create sustainable security in the region. But it seems that neither the European Union nor…

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The truth has never been given an easy ride in politics.

The spread of fake news has made truth and lies an urgent topic of political and social debate. The Association for the German Language chose the new idiom “postfaktisch” (post-truth) as its Word of the Year for 2016. The publisher of the Oxford Dictionary also chose the English term “post-truth” as its International Word of…

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2017. Economic outlook for Africa

2017 will be a critical year for Africa. After many years of high growth rates, many African countries are facing potential headwinds that can jeopardize their future. Within the horizon, there are many major storms forming and sailing through these troubled waters will be treacherous. Indeed, the journey ahead will not be a smooth sail…

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Mexico. Ten years of failure against the organized crime

Last December marked ten years since Mexico’s government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country’s criminal organizations which has failed to substantially improve the nation’s security situation. A few days after being sworn in, Mexico’s then-President Felipe Calderón (December 2006), announced that his administration was deploying thousands of federal troops to combat organized crime…

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Zimbabwe. Age of Uncertainty

Zimbabwe’s politics remains deeply contested, with both ZANU-PF and the opposition riven by internal and cross -party generational and ideological fault-lines. During the 2000’s, Morgan Tvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change emerged as a formidable competitor to Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF. Throughout the decade, Zimbabwe remained politically polarised,  with each successive election widening national rifts. In 2009,…

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For the new AU Commission chairperson. A tense race.

The election of the new African Union Commission (AUC) is to take place at the next summit of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa on 30–31 January 2017. It is a tense race and the number of contenders for all the positions has increased since the elections were postponed in July 2016. Divisive issues such…

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The Theatre of Global Migration: A Window into the African Experience

Migration is, arguably, one of the most debated issues in Europe presently. Conferences and seminars are held to improve understanding of the phenomenon and how it has affected Europe in the last couple of decades. The European Union (EU) holds meetings with African leaders to develop common strategies on how to reduce the influx of migrants…

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Donald J.Trump and Africa

On the 8th of November 2016, a new page opened in the history of the United States of America. The die was cast. Donald J. Trump, the erstwhile US business mogul, aged 70, was elected the 45th President of the United States of America, against all predictions to the contrary. As crazy as it might…

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Advocacy

Ezekiel Ramin, a martyr of advocacy.

Advocacy is a process that impacts, in an organized and systematic way, public interest issues. It speaks in defense of human, economical and political rights…

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Baobab

The tortoise and the drum

One day, the tortoise was walking along a forest path when he came across a palm tree that had plenty of palm kernel fruits. The tortoise…

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Youth & Mission

The joy of life

One of the most exciting things about growing up is realizing just how much there is for us in life. “I want it all and I…

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