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Djibouti Base: USAFRICOM vs. Chinese Influence in Africa

The US is in a decisive moment to influence the future of US strategic and geopolitical success in the region. By working from the Djibouti base and neighbouring East African countries. The US can simultaneously support economic and human development,…

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Nigeria Military Equipment 2021

Nigeria is currently the largest importer of military equipment in sub-Saharan Africa. It is almost certain this is in response to the Nigerian governments ongoing battle with Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). To a lesser…

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Flintlock: Improving Sahel Security With Special Forces Training

Key Judgements  KJ-1. Flintlock likely resulted in a stronger partnership and enhanced proficiency in tactical skills between the participating African nations and their Western counterparts. The very fact that the participating nations are willing to be part of the exercise…

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DANAB: Somalia’s Lightning Commandos

Danab Commandos are headquartered in the Baledogle US military base, approximately 100km from the Somalian capital of Mogadishu.   Key Judgement  Formed in 2014, the Danab ‘lightning’ Commandos is now regarded as Somalia’s most professional and capable fighting force. The…

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The Rise of Chinese Military Contractors in Africa

This Grey Dynamics African intelligence article analyses the rise of Chinese military contractors in Africa, providing a context for their utilisation and analysing their activities. Key Findings With over 200,000 Chinese workers, 10,000 Chinese companies, and the rollout of Belt…

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DP World: Emirati Expansionism in Africa?

Key Judgement The expansion of DP World supports UAE ambitions of controlling maritime commerce across a vast network. This links the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Military expansion near the Gulf is to secure these interests, as…

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Big Safari: Private US Contractor Kill Chains in Operations

Since 2008, the Big Safari programme has spent $158 billion on private companies such as L3Harris Technologies, in a bid to streamline operational requirements for the USAF. In the 2019 US federal fiscal year alone, L3Harris was awarded $4 billion…

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Mauritania’s Successful Fight Against Terrorism?

Mauritania‘s Successful Fight Against Terrorism is hailed in the region and in Western capitals. However, its poor human rights record and treatment of journalists doesn’t receive similar attention. Key Judgements KJ-1. The West Sahel region is engulfed in radicalism-driven violence….

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Al-Shabaab In the Age Of COVID-19

Breakdown There is a significant risk that Al-Shabaab can regroup and re-surge amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as government forces and assets are redirected to tackle the pandemic. A withdrawal of foreign military aid in the form of AMISOM and AFRICOM…

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Why is Russia Building Military Bases in Sudan?

The German newspaper Bild has brought to light that Russia is building military bases in Sudan. This would be a significant increase from the military footprint that it already possess within the state. There were reports and video evidence in…

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