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Sub-Saharan Africa

Nairobi – A Hard Road to Travel?

Nairobi – A Hard Road to Travel?

Tourism floundered in the aftermath of the notorious 2013 attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Centre, carried out by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in neighbouring Somalia, Al Shabaab; but now a series of international conferences during 2016 has raised hopes for a successful year for the city’s tourism industry.

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Kenya’s Tourism Sector Set to Recover

Kenya’s Tourism Sector Set to Recover

After declines following attacks by Somalia-based militants and piracy, Kenya’s $1 billion a year tourism sector looks set to for a robust recovery in 2016.

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Somalia: Change Coming?

Somalia: Change Coming?

Since Somalia’s independence in 1960, its relationship with the U.S. has been on a roller coaster that travels up and down dangerous steeps and performs sudden inversions that turn everything upside down.

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US and UK Team Up to Power African Clean Energy

US and UK Team Up to Power African Clean Energy

A landmark collaboration between the UK’s Energy Africa initiative and America’s Power Africa campaign has been launched to bring clean electricity to millions of people across the African continent.

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The Politics of Insecurity in Somalia

The Politics of Insecurity in Somalia

AMISOM has outlived its mandate. It is time to put UN peacekeepers in Somalia.

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China’s Second Continent

China’s Second Continent

China watchers around the world are alarmed at the significant fall in Chinese stock markets. But Beijing may have a few tricks up its sleeve.

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Somalia, No Political Legitimacy without Genuine Reconciliation

Somalia, No Political Legitimacy without Genuine Reconciliation

Out of context, all concepts and issues find themselves under the mercy of the dimwitted and exploiters.

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Burundi’s Electoral Quagmire

Burundi’s Electoral Quagmire

Some see the recent political upheaval and violence in Burundi as just another sad reminder of the plight of Africa’s struggling democracies. The travails of this tiny country, however, pose a threat to U.S. legitimacy on the African continent.

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Press Freedom Watchdog Highlights Troubling Developments in Kenya

Press Freedom Watchdog Highlights Troubling Developments in Kenya

Kenya has garnered praise for becoming one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest growing economies. Now, its government is coming under fire for some recent troubling developments affecting its fourth estate.

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International Security: We’re Doing it Wrong

International Security: We’re Doing it Wrong

Is a re-think of the Western-led international security enterprise needed to respond to a set of interrelated trends that have little to do with conflict between great states and far more to do with dysfunction within fragile states?

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Does the Egyptian Military Regime Work for U.S. and Allies?

Does the Egyptian Military Regime Work for U.S. and Allies?

Since the Egyptian military ousted former President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government in a coup in July 2013, a stricter and an increasingly oppressive rule governs Africa’s third most populous country, but one that may not be that unwelcome with the U.S. or its allies.

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Nigerian Security in the Era of Cheap Oil, #Hashtags and Terror

Nigerian Security in the Era of Cheap Oil, #Hashtags and Terror

If the crisis worsens, Nigerian army capabilities will surely fall short without outside help.

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Nigeria’s Watershed Elections

Nigeria’s Watershed Elections

Nigeria, a country of 170 million, spread out in several hundred ethnic groups and split right down the middle between a Christian south and a Muslim north, will head to the polls on Feb. 14 to elect its new president in what promises to be the country’s defining democratic moment.

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U.S. policy forces Nigeria to turn east

U.S. policy forces Nigeria to turn east

If the reports of the dead are true, this would be Boko Haram’s deadliest attack to date. War between the Islamic extremist group and Nigeria began in 2009, and has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives in six years.

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The Tinderbox of South Sudan

The Tinderbox of South Sudan

South Sudan, the world’s youngest state, faces a serious prospect of ethnic civil war. When it gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, after decades of war between north and south, the world’s attention was focused on the disputed territory of Abyei. A declining oil-producing region Inhabited by southern farmers …

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