Covid placed a pause on the formal renewal of relations between Europe and Africa, but it has also brought new focus to old questions
Sudan’s transitional authorities are struggling to deal with a health system that is collapsing under the weight of covid-19. But the most dramatic social and economic impact of the disease might come from the effects that restrictions on movement will have on prices and food security.
Even as the African Union announces that it is about to receive a huge consignment of medical equipment from Chinese businessman Jack Ma, Russia has not provided such support to African countries so far
Six months since the start of the transition to civilian rule, the process in Sudan is increasingly in question as Bashir-era generals work to retain their power
The G5 Sahel has an excessive focus on security issues, as this has come at the expense of the political and governance issues it must deal with to truly stabilise the region
Picking sides and intervening via local proxies often makes matters only worse, not better, in the countries of the Sahel
Violence is tearing Mali and the Sahel apart. But who are the armed groups behind the bloodshed? Where are international actors stationed in the region? And what motivates them all?
The French response to internal threats in North African countries has been to reinforce authoritarian rule to keep the peace. But it could inflame miltancy in the long run, especially in Chad and Libya.
The involvement of Russian private military companies in Africa is rapidly growing, and with it, their political and economic influence
Some European leaders see stabilisation of the region – through curbing migration and counter terror threats – as key to the future of the European project