Articles on Africa

After covid: Resetting Europe-Africa relations for mutual benefit (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 08 June 2020

Covid placed a pause on the formal renewal of relations between Europe and Africa, but it has also brought new focus to old questions.

Multiplying crises: The coronavirus in Sudan (Commentary)

Jean-Baptiste Gallopin - 08 June 2020

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.

Covid-19: A test for Russia’s African ambitions (Commentary)

Poline Tchoubar - 29 April 2020

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.

Off track: Why Sudan’s transition is in danger (Commentary)

Jean-Baptiste Gallopin - 18 March 2020

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.

Insecurity in the Sahel: Europe’s next fight against jihadism (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 05 February 2020

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.

“More coordination” won’t fix the Sahel (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 10 January 2020

Picking sides and intervening via local proxies often makes matters only worse, not better, in the countries of the Sahel.

France's strongman strategy in the Sahel (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi & Andrew Lebovich - 08 March 2019

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. 

Russia’s hired guns in Africa (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 12 November 2018

The involvement of Russian private military companies in Africa is rapidly growing, and with it, their political and economic influence

Sahel or high water: Mali’s political fatalism (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich, Gregory Mann - 09 August 2018

Mali's presidential election will determine the country's future path either toward stability or a return to violence

Blocked arteries: The EU’s problem with African integration (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 05 April 2018

Encouraging regional integration could improve economic diversification and economic security in North Africa, while encouraging the regional labour migration that has long helped sustain the Sahel and West Africa.