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Moroccan Influence: Expansion and Regional Presence

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BOEL: Spanish Legion’s Elite

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Operation Anthropoid: A Semi-Improvised Assassination

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Fake News: Misinformation vs. Disinformation

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South Africa Elections: A country at the crossroads?

South Africa is on the heels of its general elections that will mark 25 years since the end of apartheid. The country rose from five decades of white minority rule under a repulsive system of racial segregation. The first open…

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Western Sahara: Africa’s Last Colony?

 Western Sahara’s conflict between Morocco and Frente Popular de Liberación de Saguia el Hamra y Rio de Oro (Polisario Front) have been neglected by the international community for decades. Now, with new momentum, it is time to push for reconciliation…

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Venezuela: Another Syria in the making?

Venezuela will not become “another Syria” for Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a Russian state newspaper. This comes after several tense weeks between the US and Russia as both countries exert their muscle for geopolitical control over the…

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Israel Swipe Right on Africa

In 2016, Netanyahu stated that ‘Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is coming back to Israel’. In January 2019, Netanyahu and Chadian President Idriss Déby officially announced the resumption of diplomatic ties. In February, Israel opened its first…

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Cameroon: On the Brink of Civil War

Since 2016, Cameroon has experienced an escalating conflict that began as a peaceful protest from a self-perceived marginalized minority and now has the potential to lead to civil war. The International Crisis Group (ICG) says the death toll since the…

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Russia Cementing its Presence in Africa

The 2018 presidential campaign in Madagascar was among the most closely fought in its post-independence history. Former president Andry Rajoelina was elected following the second round in late December. Since the election, Rajoelina has promoted closer ties with Russia, including…

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Haftar’s Move on Tripoli

In January 2019, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar’s siege on the Fezzan in Libya put him in control of about two-thirds of the Libyan territory, vast energy infrastructure, and armed forces through forming of alliances. In my…

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Mauritanian Spartacus: Will Put an End to Slavery?

While enjoying rapid economic growth in the 21stcentury, largely a product of fishing along its 700-kilometre long coastline and exploiting its abundance of minerals, most notably iron, copper, phosphate, and gold – Mauritania has failed to transform this growth into…

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Gender Inequality & Human Trafficking in Mauritania

The US Department of State has ranked Mauritania as a Tier 3 human trafficking country. Tier 1 is the most positive rating, Tier 3 the most negative – with the exception of four special cases. Mauritania is the only country…

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Update: New Momentum in Sudan Protests

Peaceful protests in Sudan began on 19 December as a reaction to higher prices. Within a month, President Omar al-Bashir vowed to stay in power on January 9 despite the demand for his resignation by the protesters. When I offered…

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