For a long time, Ethiopia was the only African country to escape colonization, but over recent decades the country has suffered a string of economic crises, a violent revolution, and Eritrea’s secession. The current government launched a massive development plan which is starting to show sign...
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DRC : Fluid Mechanisms. Political Reorganization Just Before the 2016 Elections Notes de l'Ifri, November 2015
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently at a key moment in its political history. Careful observation of the changes in the Congolese political landscape is necessary to grasp the nuances, challenges and opportunities, with regard to a peaceful political changeover which is a...
Since achieving independence in 1962, Burundi has experienced several episodes of civil war, the last of which came to end when the Arusha Accord was signed in 2000. The gradual return to peace in the wake of the Arusha Accord has been jeopardised by Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement on 25th...
Four years after the Jubilee block went into production, we can make an initial assessment of the governance of Ghana’s oil resources. In terms of its institutional structure, Ghana is seen as a model for the entire continent.
Since gaining independence in 1960, Somalia has enjoyed only a few periods of stability.
Regionalizing Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea: A Short-term Solution Politique étrangère, Vol. 80, No. 3, Autumn 2015
Piracy and armed robbery at sea are a threat to security in the hydrocarbon-rich Gulf of Guinea.
For the new geopolitical reality called “Chinafrica”, the future may not be destined to be as radiant as the official win-win rhetoric would have us believe. Although the beginning of the century was notable for the exponential development of Sino-African trade (which grew from $10 ...
Thinking and Anticipating the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Humanitarian Response in the Central African Republic Notes de l'Ifri, July 2015
Nowadays, the Central African Republic (CAR) is a country dependent on international aid.
The Election of Mmusi Maimane as Leader of the Democratic Alliance: a New Era for the Opposition in South Africa Africa in Question, No. 21, June 2015
At the end of the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s federal congress held in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 10th May 2015, Helen Zille was replaced by Mmusi Maimane after eight years as leader of South Africa’s largest opposition party. This passing of the baton had a significant impact both nationally and...
South Sudan is still neither a state nor a nation. Torn apart by ethnic rivalries, divided between diverging ideas about state organization, its only means of political dialogue is war.