Why the push led by South Africa to revoke Israel’s AU observer status is misguided.

The announcement in July that Israel had been formally granted observer status at the African Union drew a sharp reaction from some countries on the continent. These included Algeria and Djibouti as well as South Africa, which said it was “appalled”. Pretoria moved quickly to lobby other Southern African Development Community states ag...

By Phumzile Mavimbela 3 days ago

The Sahel’s jihadists don’t all govern alike: context matters

The Sahel region, a belt of largely semi-arid countries below the Sahara, continues to be confronted by jihadist insurgents with various affiliations. “Jihadist insurgents”, broadly defined, rely on religious rhetoric for political mobilisation and use violence in pursuit of their goals. Groups such as Boko Haram and the Islamic ...

By Natasja Rupesinghe and Mikael Hiberg Naghizadeh 5 days ago

What it will take to end civil war in the Central African Republic

In recent months, Central African politicians and journalists have shared images of the military posing in front of different town signs – seemingly as proof of the state regaining control over a country caught up in civil war for almost a decade. The civil war commenced when rebel groups in the country’s northeast formed a coalition i...

By Tim Glawion 11 days ago

In search of advantages: Israel’s observer status in the African Union

Since its establishment as a state in 1948, Israel has placed great importance on foreign policy. This is because it had been under a political and economic boycott by surrounding Arab states. The boycott has been falling apart since the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt. But it is still in place with countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Alger...

By Michael Bishku about 1 month ago

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